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Buck Horn Bridge


Oblique view

Photo taken by James Baughn in May 2010


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BH Photo #164465


Through truss bridge over Middle Fabius River on Hawthorn Street (CR 508)
Lewis County, Missouri
Replaced by a new UCEB bridge, Fall 2016, new bridge opened Nov 2016
Future prospects
Gone, but not forgotten.
Built 1894 by the St. Louis Bridge & Iron Co.; Demolished 2016
- St. Louis Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 101.0 ft.
Total length: 141.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.04626, -91.72006   (decimal degrees)
40°02'47" N, 91°43'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/609182/4433676 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 61 N., R. 07 W., Sec. 31
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MO 056-167001.5 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 17935 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 21873 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 7, 2017: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • December 19, 2016: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Lally columns"
  • November 22, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Replaced by a new UECB bridge, Fall 2016, new bridge opened Nov 2016.
  • May 7, 2010: New photos from James Baughn



Buck Horn Bridge
Posted November 22, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

ADT Count of 25!

A Rehab would have done the trick here... But hey, they just wanted to win this coveted prize!

As always...Thanks for taking this endearing photo Todd B!

Buck Horn Bridge
Posted November 22, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Confirmed bridge is gone, new UECB just opened, Nov 2016.

Buck Horn Bridge
Posted November 18, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have been told by a co-worker who lives nearby that Buckhorn Bridge is now gone; replaced by a UECB. Glad I visited earlier this spring. I hope someone can definitively confirm the status of the great old bridge.

Buck Horn Bridge
Posted May 2, 2016, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge was recently closed for repairs of railings and cutting down a tree, or so it appears. Still a good solid bridge. Be wary of camera and No Trespassing Signs on the North & RH side of bridge.