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BNSF - La Grange Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn in May 2010


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Pratt through truss bridge over Wyaconda River on BNSF Railway
La Grange, Lewis County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1894
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 148.0 ft.
Total length: 184.0 ft.
Also called
La Grange Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.05908, -91.49788   (decimal degrees)
40°03'33" N, 91°29'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/628112/4435395 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Long Island
Inventory number
BH 44979 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 20, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information, correct build date
  • September 11, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • June 19, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • May 7, 2010: New photos from James Baughn
  • April 22, 2010: Added by James Baughn



BNSF - La Grange Bridge
Posted June 20, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found the correct date. The stamp was a little faded, and looked like "1884". It was indeed "1894", a much more appropriate date.

BNSF - La Grange Bridge
Posted February 6, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm going to guess this bridge is around 1900. Simply too heavy of a structure to predate that.

BNSF - La Grange Bridge
Posted September 11, 2015, by Matt Lohry

Well, I'm no guru (at least as I've been told), but I think that the 1884 date is probably correct...the chords are somewhat substantial, but the tension members are fairly slim, characteristic of RR bridges before the turn of the century, and it's pin-connected, putting it back in that era as well. The overhead portal bracing is pretty light too, making me think that 1884 is right. Any gurus out there to verify?

BNSF - La Grange Bridge
Posted September 11, 2015, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Stamp on piers shows 1884. Bridge appears newer, any input from the experts?