3 votes

NW 250th Rd Bridge


Looking east

High above the river

Photo taken by Clark Vance in September 2015


BH Photo #337942


US 50 was built ca 1925 and has its original alignment to the west. This bridge almost certainly predates US 50 by at least 20 years and would have been the only crossing along this part of the river.

This bridge is open in the 1958 HA view, abandoned in the 1984 view.


Abandoned pony truss bridge over South Fork Blackwater River on NW 250th Rd
Johnson County, Missouri
Half-hip Pratt pony truss, steel stringer north approach, south approach missing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.80198, -93.86016   (decimal degrees)
38°48'07" N, 93°51'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/425309/4295153 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Warrensburg West
Land survey
T. 46 N., R. 27 W., Sec. 11
720 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 69282 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,994)
Beam (17,282)
Half-hip Pratt pony truss (629)
Johnson County, Missouri (57)
Lally columns (404)
Missing deck (54)
Missouri (6,584)
One-lane traffic (8,091)
Owned by county (21,920)
Pin-connected (5,326)
Pony truss (17,465)
Pratt pony truss (4,104)
Pratt truss (10,770)
Riveted (2,747)
Steel stringer (6,887)
Truss (37,722)
Wooden deck (6,246)

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2015: New photos from Clark Vance
  • September 20, 2015: Added by Max


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


NW 250th Rd Bridge
Posted November 14, 2022, by Nick Schmiedeler

Visit this weekend - great time to see it with leaves off - received permission from property owner

NW 250th Rd Bridge
Posted September 26, 2015, by Max

Well, I'd have to agree with you Eric, seeing pictures of it now. This girl is probably well over a century old and no chance it ever carried US 50, too weak for that kind of traffic. I couldn't see it very well on Google so going off the way to road leading to it kind of shoots toward the old 50 alignment I assumed it carried it. I guess on second look, old 50 curves behind that gas station there at 671st Rd and crossed the river there where the present westbound bridge is. My mistake

NW 250th Rd Bridge
Posted September 22, 2015, by Eric Kinkhorst (erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm pretty sure that bridge was never part of US 50.

A tool for researching bridges and highway alignments in Missouri
Posted September 22, 2015, by Karen Daniels

Missouri's State Highway project history maps are available on-line (http://www.modot.org/business/contractor_resources/ProjectHistoryMaps.htm) with these maps you can trace old highway alignments and determine when bridges were constructed and bypassed.

NW 250th Rd Bridge
Posted September 20, 2015, by Max

I was searching for property on Google earth when I stumbled across this after seeing a former alignment of US 50 highway. Bridge looks like its been abandoned for many years, 1996 is the furthest back for Google and it has no road grade visible even then. Just wanted to add it, I'm sure someone else can fill in the more accurate details but I'm very certain it carried 50 Hwy in a very early alignment.