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Kliethermes Bridge



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Lost swinging bridge over Tavern Creek on Kliethermes Bridge Road (CR A-6) northwest of St. Anthony
Miller County, Missouri
No longer exists
Built ca. 1925 by Joseph Dice; rehabilitated 1988; demolished Mar. 12, 2008
- Joseph Dice
Wire suspension
Total length: 215.9 ft.
Deck width: 10.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.6 ft.
Also called
Brumley Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.17774, -92.32230   (decimal degrees)
38°10'40" N, 92°19'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/559356/4225753 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Anthony
Land survey
T. 40 N., R. 13 W., Sec. 25
Inventory numbers
MO 066-199000.7 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 18782 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22047 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 31, 2008: Wayne Johnson sends word that bridge was demolished on March 12, 2008



Kliethermes Bridge
Posted October 24, 2009, by David B Haun (dbhaun [at] gmail [dot] com)

Replacement concrete slab is open

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted May 15, 2008, by mike (centmo3088 [at] live [dot] com)

Miller County was sure quick to get this bridge closed and torn down. Too bad they can't be as quick to get it replaced. I know the local residents are tired of "taking the long way around".

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted April 5, 2008, by Darrin Williams (dw1970 [at] centurytel [dot] net)

I was saddened to hear the bridge was finally torn down. It makes me even more glad that my wife, kids, little sister and I paid it a visit back in February, though. I wanted to to check it out before the inevitable happened.

Those old swingin' bridges were very important socially and economically to the Missouri Ozarks. It's too bad the county couldn't see to it the 'ol girl was saved for posterity's sake.

These bridges weren't designed by high powered, high falutin' MODOT engineers. They were built by a legend among bridge builders. Joe Dice.

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted November 9, 2007, by Emily Kliethermes (eckliethermes [at] aol [dot] com)

I was just at the bridge October 28th. We walked the bridge with the fourth generation Kliethermes'. I hope Mrs. Wills knows a way to save this bridge, if not for anything but the view and the memories. The bridge is getting into worse condition due to lack of repair. My uncle has repaired the broken boards himself for years, but since it is scheduled to be torn down he hasn't done any repairs. A few new boards and this bridge would definitely be OK for walking traffic. Thank you for all the comments, my grandfather would be surprised to see how many people care about "his" bridge.

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted September 18, 2007, by Tom Stone

Still standing as of 9/17/07 - and still worth the drive down a dusty road.

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted May 15, 2007, by Linda Mounce (tckk2 [at] earthlink [dot] net)

It seems nothing gets respect anymore... this is a beautiful bridge. It doesn't seem like it would cost too much to go along side with a bridge for cars and sure up the walking bridge for the beauy of it.... it is sad indeed.

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted October 3, 2006, by Paul Boudreau (paboudreau [at] mchsi [dot] com)

Concerning the immediate prior posting by Ms. Will, I called the offices of the Miller County Commission today. The person I spoke with made an inquiry and I was told that they did not think the bridge had been removed yet but they were not certain. The quality of the information was not high but it sounds encouraging. It would be a wonderful thing if some way could be found to preserve this unique structure.

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted October 2, 2006, by Rachel Kliethermes Will (rlkce [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was just sent this information from my family and wondering if this bridge is still standing. If it is I think there are some things we can do to save it, including getting it listed on the National Register, maybe even a local landmark. I am intrigued by this bridge for the obvious reason of the name connection, but also as I am a structural engineer and historic preservationist. Which means I am very interested in protecting and saving unique structures such as the Kliethermes Bridge. If anyone could provide me with more information about the status of this bridge I would greatly appreciate it, as I would like to look into gaining some local protection for this bridge and in turn saving it from demolition!!!

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted May 31, 2006, by Paul Boudreau (paboudreau [at] mchsi [dot] com)

I called the offices of the Miller County Commission today and confirmed that the bridge is "on the list" to be demolished and replaced with a new bridge. I was told no date had been set for the demolition and that the contract for the work had not been authorized yet.

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted May 23, 2006, by Darrin Williams (darrinwilliams [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was thumbing through an old book I bought called "Bridges Over The Osage". It was published in 1980. It's mainly about the swinging bridges in Benton County but there is some mention of the bridges in Miller County.

The author, Robert Hayden, wrote that Joe Dice built these bridges to fit the budget. What a budget he must have had to build the Kliethermes Bridge!

Mr. Hayden doesn't say when the bridge was built but he does mention that the Kemna Bridge carries a 1924 date and the now long gone Boeckman Bridge carried a more specific date of April 14, 1926 with Dice's signature in one of the main cable cappings. With all that said, I would think the Kliethermes Bridge was built somewhere in that timeframe.

One thing I noticed in one of the pictures was that the weight limit sign reads 2 tons.

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted May 15, 2006, by Paul Boudreau (paboudreau [at] mchsi [dot] com)

After reading the latest news, I drove out to photograph the bridge on Saturday, May 13th. The bridge is still standing but piles of rip rap on both approaches have closed it to vehicular traffic. This would appear to confirm the statement that it soon will be dismantled. Sad news indeed because this bridge is very photogenic, particularly from the Western approach because the road turns sharply to the left just before the cable towers which gives a pleasing oblique view of the bridge deck.

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted March 31, 2006, by Darrin (dwilliams [at] watlow [dot] com)

That is sad news, indeed. Joe Dice's creations are becoming more rare. It's too bad there aren't any options available for saving and relocating a swinging bridge like there are for truss bridges.

When is replacement supposed to take place?

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted March 23, 2006, by Emily Kliethermes (DrEmilyK [at] netscape [dot] net)

FYI I am a Grandchild of Ray and Anna Kliethermes for whom the bridge was named. We have been told they, the county, are tearing the bridge down due to instability. The family is very saddened by this news, we've had many memories with this bridge.

Kliethermes Bridge
Posted January 20, 2006, by Anonymous

that is just awesome