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Union Covered Bridge 25-69-02



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Bridge is scheduled to undergo another restoration including removal of a nearly 21" sag in the center. The siding has been removed as well. Unfortunately, the timing is very poor as our area has been getting really soaked the last few days and the Elk Fork is nearly touching the lower parts of the bridge. With the siding removed, the bridge is significantly weakened. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for dryer weather quickly. (March 2018)


Covered bridge over Elk Fork Salt River, just off Route C southwest of Paris
Monroe County, Missouri
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1870-71 by Joseph C. Elliott; closed to traffic in 1970; rehabilitated 1987-88
- Joseph C. Elliott of Payson, Illinois
Covered double Burr arch truss
Span length: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 15, 1970
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.43283, -92.10247   (decimal degrees)
39°25'58" N, 92°06'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/577243/4365194 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Paris West
Inventory numbers
WGCB 25-69-02 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 70000342 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 22133 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2022: New photos from Neil Krout
  • September 16, 2020: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 8, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • May 21, 2018: New photos from Rusty Weisman
  • March 27, 2018: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Bridge is presently in danger of the swollen Elk Fork and the bridge is significantly weakened w/o it's siding. SEE DESCRIPTION notes.
  • January 23, 2013: New photos from Diane Martin
  • January 11, 2007: Posted all new photos


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  • Rusty Weisman
  • Joe Sonderman
  • Neil Krout - kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com


Union Covered Bridge 25-69-02
Posted July 18, 2022, by Kitty Sharkey (kitty [dot] sharkey [at] gmail [dot] com)

Image taken 11/19/21

Union Covered Bridge 25-69-02
Posted April 13, 2018, by Todd W. Baslee (twbaslee [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Recent story on Union Bridge by KOMU-TV8 News Columbia, MO:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 3:14:00 PM CDT in News

By: Nnamdi Egwuonwu, KOMU 8 Reporter

PARIS - Despite facing heavy rainfall and hard winds, the historic Union Covered Bridge in Monroe County is still standing.

"The water has receded by several feet today," said Monroe County Sheriff James Hoffman.

After rainfall caused water levels to rise nearly 21 inches yesterday, many residents and officials began to fear that the 147-year old bridge was meeting its end. But after a night of worrying, Hoffman said the bridge is okay.

"As long as we don't have any high water again - to where trash and debris would come down the river and actually hit the bridge and take it out - I think we're in pretty good shape," Hoffman said.

Nearby residents continued visiting the bridge Wednesday. Many said they were happy they didn't have to say goodbye.

"It's the greatest day of my life thus far," said Verlena Clinton, a resident who's lived close to the bridge for over 70 years. "It's a piece of history that we can not replace or repair."

According to the Missouri State Parks website, the bridge is one of the four remaining covered bridges in the state and was built in 1871. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge is currently being renovated. Sheriff Hoffman said contractors will consider the bridge's stability when renovating.

"I don't think [contractors] were expecting water of this magnitude to come through there," Hoffman said.

The sheriff couldn't say what specific measures would be taken or when the renovations are expected to be finished.

Once renovations are complete the bridge will be reopened to the public.

Union Covered Bridge
Posted August 6, 2009, by snoop (snoopdorkydork71 [at] gmail [dot] com)

found these two pics in ozarks watch magazine. they are undated.

Union Covered Bridge
Posted July 27, 2008, by charles havens (bbigcnote [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this bridge has been damaged by the july 26th 2008 floods but was saved by local residents by removing siding so the water could flow through it.

Union Covered Bridge
Posted November 1, 2007, by Sherry (greeneyesdean [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a great spot for family picnics and Sunday fishing. We took our kids several times over the years.