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Morse Mill Bridge


Looking north

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Pratt through truss bridge over Big River at Morse Mill
Jefferson County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1886-87 by the St. Louis Bridge & Iron Co.
- St. Louis Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
Pin-connected, 10-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 185.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 21.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.27539, -90.65230   (decimal degrees)
38°16'31" N, 90°39'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/705362/4238977 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Hill
Land survey
Survey #371 (T. 41 N., R. 3 E.)
Inventory number
BH 21767 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 26, 2017: New photos from David Huffman
  • January 23, 2011: New photos from Fmiser
  • August 3, 2005: Posted all new photos



Morse Mill Bridge
Posted January 16, 2021, by Mary Stockton (Mary12bc [at] gmail [dot] com)

Fond memories of when my Uncle Bill(Carl)Helvey and Aunt Boots owned that pavilion across this bridge. They had the bar and it had pool tables and a dance hall where many bands played and the folks that were camping also the locals would come to listen and dance. I remember horses being tied up to the posts that held the pavilion up so when the river flooded the water wouldn’t get in it. Thinking my uncle sold that early 80’s.

Morse Mill Bridge
Posted June 12, 2020, by Fred Schmitt (s181211 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

During my high school years (1976 - 1980)I would ride my motorcycle to the bridge, and in the summer would jump off the bridge and go swimming. We would also shoot pool at the bar across from the bridge (don't remember the name)! Whenever I'm back in the area, I always make it a point to go there and think of those days.

Morse Mill Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by Tami Brueggemann

Morse Mill Bridge was our hangout when I was younger. My friends and I spent a lot of time there. Such a beautiful place. At one point, there were plans to tear the bridge down. We started a petition to save it. I also worked as a stringer for the local newspaper and wrote articles about why this history filled structure should remain intact. Due to our efforts, they closed it to cars but left it open for foot traffic.

Morse Mill Bridge
Posted September 12, 2019, by Lisa Mahn (lmahn [at] jeffcomo [dot] org)

I spoke with you earlier this week, are you part of St Louis Bridge and Iron Company? Could you tell me who paid for this bridge to be build in 1886 by chance?

Morse Mill Bridge
Posted February 24, 2012, by dick wayne

I spent my summers at Cottage Farm on Big River. Crossing this bridge was always a treat. This before then new Hwy B bridge was built. I'm glad to see it is still servicing trafic, albeit pedestrian traffic!!

Almost 60 years have passed and our family still has reunions at Cottage Farm. The drive there is not complete without visiting this beautiful scene on Big River.

Morse Mill Bridge
Posted February 7, 2012, by Jean Thompson (melvinslimt [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Love the bridge. My Daddy was born just around the bend.

Have some pictures of him standing on it , I know in deep

thought as he was in his late 70's when we took him back there. Alice Lee was so good to help us, she is such a

great person. I really enjoy your work.

Thanks so much,

Jean Thompson