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Locust Creek Covered Bridge 25-58-01



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Covered bridge over the old channel of Locust Creek between Laclede and Meadville off US 36
Linn County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Preserved as a State Historic Site
Built 1868 by Bishop and Eaton
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 151.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 19, 1970
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.79169, -93.23436   (decimal degrees)
39°47'30" N, 93°14'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/479934/4404663 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 25-58-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 70000340 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 21934 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 16, 2020: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 29, 2020: New photos from Neil Krout
  • September 2, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added category "Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway"
  • August 28, 2018: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • May 15, 2018: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • May 10, 2018: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • February 20, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • January 23, 2013: New photos from Diane Martin
  • May 14, 2008: New photos from David B. Haun
  • May 12, 2008: New photos from David B. Haun



Locust Creek Covered Bridge 25-58-01
Posted September 2, 2019, by Jim Peeler (jspeeler [at] centurylink [dot] net)

This bridge was on the "Pikes Peak Ocean To Ocean Highway", which pre-dated the famous "Lincoln Highway" so was considered the first coast to coast highway in the U.S.A.

An old service station and tourist court that sits on present hwy. 36 was originally located on the Pikes Peak Ocean To Ocean Highway at the north edge of Meadville.

Locust Creek Covered Bridge
Posted January 28, 2007, by Ben Keller (bekellog [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Locust Creek covered bridge is a couple of miles from my house, so I get to see it alot. As you can see this bridge appeares to have been moved, however it sits in the original location, as you probally read this bridge spans the Old channel of Locust Creek. Quite sometime ago the creek was channelized, this left the bridge over an oxbow lake or slough as it may be refered to. Over the years this "Lake" dried up and silted in. The bridge was left in at least 2' of mud. A couple of years ago the bridge was lifed about 6'. New approches were added and timbers were replaced as needed, giving new life to this wonderful piece of Local history! Anyway here are some more pictures of the Bridge.

Locust Creek Covered Bridge
Posted December 25, 2006, by Paul D Prewitt (paul-rayma1 [at] juno [dot] com)

Locust Creek Covered Bridge

Posted Monday, Dec 25,2006 by Paul D Prewitt (paul-rayma1[at]juno[dot]com)

I was born and grew up about half-way between Brookfield, Mo and Laclede, Mo. My son Galen posted a comment about the Locust Creek Covered Bridge on Sep 18, 2006. In addition to what I told him, my Mother & Father and my sister, brother, and myself went there sometimes to get in the water and/or fish. This was in the 1940's. The area has changed considerably around there now and the bridge crosses no water any more. Past consideration has been to move the bridge into Pershing State Park not far away.

Locust Creek Covered Bridge
Posted September 18, 2006, by Galen Prewitt (gprewitt [at] kc [dot] rr [dot] com)

In the early 1920's my Grandfather and his brother would walk 8 miles from where they lived in Meadville MO to Brookfield MO. Returning late from Brookfield they would often sleep under the protection of the bridge during inclement weather.

Locust Creek Covered Bridge
Posted April 16, 2006, by Marcus B. Gray (mgray [at] unity [dot] edu)

The bridge used to be on my Great Grandparent's land (William Columbus and Verna Marble Kehr of Meadville, Missouri.) They made a traded land with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources so the department could acquire the land where the bridge is located. My Grandparents, Owen and Lois Kehr and my Mother's Cousin, Ralph Kehr still live within walking distance of the bridge and I have spent a great deal of time down at the Locust Creek Bridge.