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Georgia City Bridge



Mo Dept of Transportation


BH Photo #249823



Relocated bowstring through truss at King Jack Park in Webb City
Webb City, Jasper County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians
Built 1871 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.; approach spans added 1885; closed to traffic 1986; relocated to Webb City
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Main span: Wrought iron, 12-panel bowstring through truss
Approaches (at original site): Three pin-connected Pratt pony trusses
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 218.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.13377, -94.46449   (decimal degrees)
37°08'02" N, 94°27'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/369920/4110715 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Webb City
Inventory numbers
MO 049-223002.7 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 42834 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 9, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added category: Phoenix Columns
  • March 5, 2013: New photos from Karen Daniels
  • October 1, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Adjusted coordinates
  • May 6, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Corrected location, USGS info
  • June 21, 2009: Added by James Baughn



Georgia City Bridge
Posted June 10, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


The trusses and floorbeams appear to still function as trusses, its possible they used continuous stringers to reduce some of the load on the trusses, but I didn't look at that aspect very closely. They definitely did install a walkway/deck that is more narrow than the trusses... and I thought that looked fine on this bridge. It actually can make it easier for visitors to see the lower chord connections.

The Independence bowstring is still looking good.

Georgia City Bridge
Posted June 10, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is two 1871 WIBC Bowstring bridges in the area that were built with Phoenix Columns. The other one is in Independence, Kansas:


It is good to see this one saved. Hopefully the other one can hold out until it can be stabilized and preserved.

Georgia City Bridge
Posted June 10, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


It looks like they "girderized the pedestrian walkway" on this one. It keeps all the weight off the floor beams and truss then. Did that look good. Interesting solution. What did you think?

Georgia City Bridge
Posted June 9, 2016, by Nathan Holth

Field visited this bridge June 2016. Photos to eventually/someday end up on HistoricBridges.org. Key finding: This is an ultra-rare example of a WIBC Bowstring using Phoenix Columns instead of the Keystone-like columns for the top chord. I therefore added the Phoenix Column category for this bridge. FYI it looks awesome in its new location.

Georgia City Bridge
Posted September 30, 2010, by Mike Templeton (mk [dot] temp [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a picture of the Georgia City Bridge in King Jack park. The date is correct.