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Castor River MO 72 Bridge


Driving west

Photo taken by James Baughn


BH Photo #199814


The lady who lives in the house next to this bridge managed to save one span of it. MODOT wanted to remove the pony truss that comes right before this bridge and replace it with a low water bridge. The lady told them that they better be prepared to put her up in a hotel every time it rains because she won't be able to get home. Then she asked if they could leave one span of this bridge for her. She was fine with them removing the other 2 because she felt people would still use it if not. They first denied her request until she said the magic words, "It would keep you from having to pay for the removal of the third span." They left her the one span and the pony truss with the agreement that she owns it and owns all liabilities for any accidents that may occur there. Now she considers it her patio.


Partially lost three-span through truss bridge over Castor River and single pony truss over Cape Creek on MO 72 between Fredericktown and Patton
Madison County, Missouri
Two spans removed in Summer 2007
Built 1923; rehabilitated 1933
Castor River spans: Three 5-panel Pratt through trusses
Cape Creek span: One 7-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 307.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.52850, -90.16957   (decimal degrees)
37°31'43" N, 90°10'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/750113/4157268 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 33 N., R. 8 E., Sec. 28
Inventory number
BH 21964 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 1, 2011: Updated by Ben Tate: added description
  • July 28, 2011: New photo from John Christeson
  • May 23, 2011: New photos from James Baughn


  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • John Christeson - john_christeson [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com