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Moscow Mills Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn in August 2008


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Abandoned through truss bridge over the Cuivre River at Moscow Mills
Moscow Mills, Lincoln County, Missouri
Removed but not replaced
Built 1885 by Raymond and Campbell
- Raymond & Campbell of Council Bluffs, Iowa (Contractors)
Pin-connected, 10-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 176.8 ft.
Total length: 214.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.94773, -90.91103   (decimal degrees)
38°56'52" N, 90°54'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/681029/4313050 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
Survey #1791 (T. 48 N., R. 1 E.)
Inventory numbers
MO 057-350000.3 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 21915 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 29, 2021: New photos from Chris Perry
  • May 7, 2018: New photos from David Huffman
  • May 10, 2017: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge survived May 2017 massive flash flooding.
  • April 25, 2017: New photos from James Baughn
  • November 24, 2012: New photos from Diane Martin
  • April 20, 2012: Updated by Chris Perry: Updated future prospects
  • August 18, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • August 10, 2008: Updated design



Moscow Mills Bridge
Posted September 8, 2019, by Christopher Perry (cjp5y2 [at] mail [dot] mizzou [dot] edu)

I was very disappointed to read of this in the Lincoln County Journal today. I did not realize MODOT still retained ownership of this bridge, but yes the city has pretty much given up on the park and the volunteer "coalition" group has vanished. The city doesn't even bother to keep the grass mowed at their community center anymore. Its pathetic.

Moscow Mills Bridge
Posted April 15, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

So I guess the proposed Mill Site Park plans crapped out!

MoDOT is like a thief in the night!

Moscow Mills Bridge - Impending Demolition
Posted April 15, 2019, by Rusty Weisman (Russell [dot] Weisman [at] MoDOT [dot] Mo [dot] Gov)

On the eve of 2019 'Preservation Month' in Missouri, this venerable structure is once again scheduled for demolition.

The staff here in MoDOT's Historic Preservation Section do not yet have the particulars or schedule, but we have been alerted to prepare for that eventuality.

The bridge will be advertised for adaptive reuse - either 'in place' or removed to some alternate location. We welcome all serious proposals.

Moscow Mills Bridge
Posted June 16, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

To the bridge lovers and historians out there: I'm looking for some help. I'm looking for some information on bridges built by the company Raymond and Campbell, as well as additional information on the history of the firm itself. An article has been compiled about the bridge building firm for you to read and contribute. If you have any information on both, plus photos of the bridges built by Raymond and Campbell as well as their agent George C. Wise, please send me a PM or e-mail and I'll be happy to add whatever you have to what I have compiled so far. Thanks for your help. :-) https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/ray...

Moscow Mills Bridge
Posted April 21, 2012, by Chris Perry

At this point they are planning on putting a new wooden deck on the bridge. I doubt they will paint it. The park has been in the news for the last couple weeks so hopefully they will get this project off the ground soon.

Moscow Mills Bridge
Posted April 21, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great news to hear that the town is planning on rehabbing this span for reuse as part of a park!

Moscow Mills Bridge
Posted October 29, 2008, by stacey (ferrybrae [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I used to hang out on this bridge when I was a kid! lol.

It was the place to be then. I know the names that are written in spray paint. I love this old bridge!!! We used to climb to the top and jump off when the river was high. I would never do that again because it's very dangerous but back then it was amazing and such fun.