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US61 Cuivre River Bridge



BH Photo #105951


Lost four-span through truss bridge over Cuivre River on US 61 north of Troy
Lincoln County, Missouri
Replaced by a pair of bridges on a four-lane highway
Replaced 1969
Four rivet-connected 9-panel Parker through truss spans
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.00974, -90.97807   (decimal degrees)
39°00'35" N, 90°58'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/675066/4319802 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 49 N., R. 1 W., Sec. 14
Inventory number
BH 21905 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


9-panel truss (217)
Cuivre River (Missouri) (10)
Lincoln County, Missouri (250)
Lost (28,414)
Lost 1969 (97)
Lost during 1960s (923)
Missouri (6,562)
Owned by state (16,553)
Parker through truss (1,406)
Parker truss (1,801)
Replaced by new bridge (19,321)
Riveted (2,507)
Through truss (16,737)
Truss (35,407)
US 61 (101)

Update Log 

  • May 18, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • May 22, 2018: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • February 17, 2010: Updated by Joshua Collins: added gps coordinates


  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Rusty Weisman
  • Joe Sonderman


US61 Cuivre River Bridge
Posted May 22, 2018, by Rusty Weisman

On Sept 4, 1966, one of the four spans was demolished by a tractor trailer truck loaded with potatoes driven by Judson O. Bullis of Iowa Falls Ia. Bullis was killed in the crash.

The bridge reopened on Sept. 23 1966 following repairs by State Highway Dept. crews working in conjunction with Parson's Construction Co. of New London MO.

Cuivre River US 61 Bridge
Posted January 8, 2013, by Drew (gordon7519 [at] aol [dot] com)

Does anyone have anymore pictures of this bridge or any of the two lane highway 61? I am interested in seeing what this area looked like before high way 61 was a divided highway.

Cuivre River US 61 Bridge
Posted February 5, 2009, by Robert " Bob" Dunard (bob [at] coastalcarriers [dot] com)

yes Tractor Trailer had a full load of baking potatoes, destination produce row, st.louis, mo.

The truck hit the northwest span center head on and nocked part of the bridge off of the peers, unfortunately the driver was thrown out and landed about a hundred feet south of the point of impact. Potatoes were strewn completely thru the bridge to the southern end.

Many of the potatoes were picked up and taken home with the Sunday Morning crowd that came to witness the scene.

The highway at that time was a quite two lane passage, and a lot of the traffic selected the "Old Red Ball Route" to journey north and south, this picked up at the top of Harlon hill and would take you thru "Sydnerville" to down town "Troy".

The new span was back in operation very quickly, something like 40 days.

Cuivre River US 61 Bridge
Posted May 24, 2008, by John Roberts (jrjohnroberts [at] mac [dot] com)

Wasn't this bridge hit by a semi-truck hauling potatoes, damaging it beyond repair?