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Longview Road Bridge


Longview Rd over Little Blue 1

Photo submitted by Kelly McClanahan


BH Photo #456695



A nice little arch bridge over what was then the Little Blue River. Removed or inundated when Longview Lake was built.


Open spandrel arch bridge over Little Blue River on Longview Road
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Built 1920's
Closed-spandrel arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.91367, -94.46584   (decimal degrees)
38°54'49" N, 94°27'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/372913/4308217 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lees Summit
Land survey
T. 47 N., R. 32 W., Sec. 4
850 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 57909 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 25, 2019: New photos from Kelly McClanahan
  • September 9, 2013: Added by Kelly McClanahan

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Longview Road Bridge
Posted February 5, 2018, by Patrick Chambers (elspode [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for posting the Longview Road bridge shot. Far off, but the only one I've seen in forever! The pics of the other bridge are definitely not the Longview Road bridge. I had been familiar with Longview since 1969, and crossed it many times. I don't recall it ever having been decorated with potted flowers. Pretty sure the other bridge is smaller as well, and that it was over Mouse Creek, which forms the Easternmost arm of Longview Lake. That smaller bridge was part of the farm property, whereas the Longivew Road bridge was not.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 8, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This looks like the bridge I remember in this location. Jackson County built other open spandrel concrete arches bridges.

1917 http://bridgehunter.com/mo/jackson/gregory-blvd/

1917 http://bridgehunter.com/mo/jackson/troost-avenue/

Longview farm was built between 1913 and 1914.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 7, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Looks like an open spandrel bridge to me.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 7, 2017, by Anonymous

Kind of a far off shot, but here it is.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 29, 2016, by Anonymous

Thank you for posting the links. That is the site I was looking at and you are right, that is not the bridge in question.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 29, 2016, by Don Morrison

Oh, yeah - those photos I linked are of the Mouse Creek bridge; not the bridge on this page.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 29, 2016, by Don Morrison
Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 28, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It would be great if you could give a link to the pages on Longview farm. A lot of it was gated and very private before the lake went in so I would enjoy seeing some of the lost places.

There is a Mouse Creek which feeds into the Little Blue a bit south of the Longview Road crossing. The 1939 topo shows three crossings on unpaved roads withing the private area of the farm. One of the roads has a curve just east of the crossing.


Now I really need to get the submersible drone in service.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 28, 2016, by Anonymous

This photo was found on a site with pictures of the old Longview Farm. The caption said bridge over Moose Creek. It certainly matches the style I remember.It has obviously been 30 years since any of this has been seen but, it seems to me the road did curve just before the Rockford School. I believe this bridge was on Longview Farm, I'm not sure if it is THE bridge or not.I do agree with you on the trees, it seems to me that the ditch was way deeper than that. In my research, this is the closest image to it I have found. I wanted to share it in hopes that someone with more insight than myself could verify it.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 27, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This is certainly the style. I recall the bridge having flower pots and balustrade railing. However, Longview road was straight at the bridge and there was no curve as shown here. I also think the bridge was high enough that you would not have seen trees adjacent to the span.

Is there a source with information accompanying the picture?

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 27, 2016, by Anonymous

As far as I know it is

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 27, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Somebody get their boat and Fish-finder out... Might still be down there!!

Longview Road Bridge
Posted October 27, 2016, by Anonymous

After searching the Internet for a while, I believe I have found an image of this old bridge.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted February 15, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Longview lake was filled around 1986. I drove this bridge a few times in the years before that and recall it as being similar to the Colbern road bridge over the MoPac tracks east of Unity Village. I remember it as 18 foot "Pendergast Era" pavement, true (turned post) concrete balustrade railing, with concrete flower pots on the posts. I recall someone joking that Lula Long's gardeners maintained the flowers. Since this was the main paved access road to Longview Farm, that may have been true. The bridge was perhaps the most ornate of those on the county highway system of the time.

I'm sure multiple pictures exist but I have yet to find any.

Longview Road Bridge
Posted September 10, 2013, by Anonymous

Really cool little bridge. would love to see pictures of it before it was swallowed by the lake. If I remember right, it had some neat stone work, planters on the rails and stuff.