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Bradford Bridge


Bradford 1

Western approach of wreckage.

Photo taken by K. Allen Ballard in April 20, 2014


BH Photo #282684



Attempted to approach from the east; road is abandoned and impassable for 1/4 mile from bridge site. Can be safely & easily reached from the west via Linwood. [See Posts at end of narrative] Please note that all Knox County roads are now named, replacing the former numbering system. Google Satellite imagery shows the remains of a bridge here. Recent visit and photographs confirm bridge is present but wrecked by flooding. Deck has long been removed.


Derelict / Wrecked pony truss bridge, Salt River on CR 254 now Linwood
Knox County, Missouri
Road from east is abandoned, approach from Linwood on the west, remains of bridge lie upside down south of its' original pilings.
Future prospects
At present it is a wrecked structure in the sand with the eastern approach end in the Salt River.
Built ca. 1910
Riveted, 5-panel Parker pony truss
Length of largest span: 89.8 ft.
Total length: 144.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.05182, -92.33229   (decimal degrees)
40°03'07" N, 92°19'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/556952/4433721 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Locust Hill
Land survey
T. 61 N., R. 13 W., Sec. 27
Inventory numbers
MO 052-254000.7 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 20280 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21808 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2018: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • April 25, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Add photos of Bradford Bridge wreckage; updated road name; and minor details.
  • February 17, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as remains of a bridge do appear on satellite.
  • August 21, 2011: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Fairly certain that bridge is gone.



Bradford Bridge
Posted April 20, 2014, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

My in-laws live nearby in Novelty, so we traveled there for Easter April 20, 2014. After dinner, my son, Ken, and I went hunting for this ghost. My father-in-law said everyone he'd talked to recently, said the bridge was 'gone'.

You cannot get to this location from Locust Hill (east approach). We went west across the new MO 156 Salt River bridge, then continued west until the first gravel road, Lark, on the right.

Follow Lark straight for awhile, then left on Cambridge, then right on Lantern, then right again on Linwood. Linwood is a county road which accesses farm ground near a Gas Utility junction. You'll have to park here and walk maybe 150-200 yards to reach the Salt River. This is an interesting, easy walk and you'll have to cross a small wooden deck / steel beam bridge before reaching the bridge remains.

The pony bridge has been lifted off it's pilings and flipped upside down by very high water in the past 5 yrs or less. There is not much debris piled against it, nor is the wreckage buried much. The wreckage is very easy to examine and photograph. The Salt River is very narrow, shallow and sandy here and can be easily waded/crossed with boots or less.

I was hoping to find Bradford upright at least, but, it was a enjoyable & productive expedition.

Bradford Bridge
Posted February 17, 2014, by Steve Richards

The most recent Google Earth picture shows the remains of the bridge.