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Rough Hollow Bridge


HAER photo

Photo taken July 1978 by Robert L. Hayden for the Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #105425



Through truss bridge over Pomme de Terre River on CR 281 north of Hermitage, between Route Y and Route U
Hickory County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1890-91 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. at Hermitage; relocated here in 1932
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pin-connected, 10-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 256.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Williams Bend Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.98103, -93.31137   (decimal degrees)
37°58'52" N, 93°18'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/472655/4203755 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 37 N., R. 22 W., Sec. 2
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 13004 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MO 043-026000.7 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 21605 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 7, 2018: New photos from Neil Krout
  • August 25, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • August 8, 2008: Changed name



Rough Hollow Bridge
Posted August 25, 2020, by Andrew Pearce (apearce2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The original WIBCO plaque for this bridge was found and replaced in October 2018.

I gather the bridge was moved upriver to it's current location in 1930.


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Williams Bend Bridge
Posted February 20, 2007, by Greg Hall/Darren Gilmore (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo 7: East side looking north

Photo 8: Under looking north

Photo 9: South approach ramp and south support

Photo 10: Approach ramp, odd slight downward angle

Photo 11: Icy bluff, south/east side. No railing, only cable

Photo 12: Looking south

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Williams Bend Bridge
Posted February 20, 2007, by Greg Hall/Darren Gilmore (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Actual GPS 37 58,794 93 18.686

Regarding the questionm mark with bridge open? Maybe this is the deal. Road to the bridge is poorly designed. Road runs east/west, but actually runs north/south where the bridge is. Approach from the east/south is on top of a bluff, shaded by trees. The first photo shows the sign regarding the weather issues (facing west). From that photo one can see to the 90 degree right hand corner. Look carefully where the road fades away and snow is evident. that was a sheet of solid ice, due to low sunlight exposure. It might have snowed here a week or so ago and still hadn't melted. Road turns 90 degrees right and immediately drops sharply down and onto the bridge. It would be impossible to guide a car and aim it on solid ice to be properly aligned with the bridge.

Thinking back to the original days when the bridge was likely built, I cannot imagine a team of horses with a loaded wagon climbing the south hill, or going down it! This poor road design may preserve the bridge more than naything else, simply as this makes the entire road of limited use, with or without a new bridge.

I am guessing that this bridge is open at other times, pending only the weather. Deck is aged, but solid. The approach ramp (south bank) takes large loads when vehicles drop off the hill and bottom out on it. The approach ramp aims slightly downward and I am not entirely sure if that is a result of damage repair, or original design.

Photo 1: Looking west. Snow/ice in road, road turns sharply right as it drops out of sight and sharply goes down.

Photo 2: Looking south at the uphill on the bridge (this would be downhill after the corner.

Photo 3: Looking South

Photo 4: Side shot, looking south, west side of the bridge.

Photo 5: Looking south through bridge

Photo 6: Looking north. Note the downward angle of the approach ramp

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Williams Bend Bridge
Posted October 23, 2006, by Dale Akins (jrgdsa4 [at] netscape [dot] com)

Local people call this bridge Rough Hollow bridge