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Wabash Bridge (1872/1888)


Wabash Railroad Bridge (Old)

View looking east, from the Missouri side

Photographer unknown


BH Photo #308863



Same Bridge. Lift span was the only thing replaced in 1993
Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri, and Pike County, Illinois
Swing span replaced around 1993 with current lift span.
Built 1872; Drawpsan replaced 1883; Replaced in 1912
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan
- Willard S. Pope of Detroit, Michigan
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Pratt through truss swing with at least one Whipple fixed span
Length of largest span: 359.5 ft.
Total length: 1,576.5 ft.
Also called
Wabash Railroad Bridge #651
Hannibal Highway Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.72409, -91.36191   (decimal degrees)
39°43'27" N, 91°21'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/640391/4398417 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hannibal East
Inventory number
BH 61822 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2021: Updated by Luke: Removed infomation referring to 1912 spans; This entry is for the 1872/1888 spans
  • August 2, 2017: Updated by Jeremy Ruble: Update swing span only replaced in 1993. Not sure when rest of superstructure was replaced
  • July 31, 2017: Updated by Luke: All spans from 1872/1888 have been replaced.
  • July 31, 2017: Updated by Jeremy Ruble: Same bridge. Just lift span replaced
  • July 29, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added info on the repositioning of the pivot span in 1913
  • August 18, 2015: Updated by Luke: Builder + marked as rail-and-road
  • July 24, 2015: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • November 29, 2014: Updated by Jeremy Ruble: Bridge was only partially replaced
  • November 23, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added Wabash bridge number, date erected, total length & updated history
  • July 22, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

Related Bridges 


  • Douglas Butler
  • James Holzmeier - wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jeremy Ruble - jaruble1982 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Rusty Weisman
  • Luke
  • MO GenWeb - Marion County - Imagery + Info
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com


Wabash Bridge
Posted July 31, 2017, by Luke

From what I can see, all of the non-lift spans are riveted/too heavily built to have been built in 1872, so I'm going to say that the whole thing was replaced in 1993: