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Mark Twain Bridge


July 1997 photo

This photo was taken by David Birckhead

BH Photo #106124


1936 Mark Twain Memorial Bridge in 2000: Recorded on a potato.

This video documents one of the final days the 1936 era Mark Twain Memorial Bridge was open. The bridge was replaced by a new bridge also named Mark Twain Memorial Bridge that opened September 16, 2000.

Video posted by Mark Shannon

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Lost through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on US 36 at Hannibal
Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri, and Pike County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge to carry I-72
Opened Sept. 4, 1936; tolls removed Oct. 30, 1940; rehabilitated 1982; replaced and demolished 2000
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio (Superstructure)
- Sverdrup & Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri (Designer)
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania (Substructure)
Subdivided Warren continuous through truss
Length of largest span: 626.8 ft.
Total length: 3,507.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Also called
Mark Twain Memorial Bridge (official name)
Hannibal Bridge (common name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.71630, -91.35379   (decimal degrees)
39°42'59" N, 91°21'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/641103/4397565 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hannibal East
Land survey
T. 57 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 21
Inventory numbers
MoDOT K-931A1 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MoDOT K-931 (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 21999 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 7, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • May 19, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • June 24, 2018: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • March 3, 2015: New photo from Gene Smania
  • November 10, 2014: New video from Mark Shannon
  • May 12, 2008: New photos from Historic American Engineering Record
  • May 1, 2006: Posted additional photo from David Birckhead