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RI - Maries River Bridge


Builder plate

Partially removed

Photo taken by Clark Vance in July 2014


BH Photo #289110


Three span through truss bridge over Maries River on CRI&P RR
Osage County, Missouri
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Ameren has donated the railroad to the State of Missouri for use as a rail to trail project.
Built 1902
- A.J. Tullock of Leavenworth, Kansas
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- St. Louis, Kansas City & Colorado Railway (StLKC&C)
Three span Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 450.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.31811, -91.97705   (decimal degrees)
38°19'05" N, 91°58'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/589424/4241605 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
41N-10W- Sec 1 and 12
Inventory numbers
CRIP 1215
BH 55699 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2017: Updated by Luke: Re-added category "American Bridge Co."
  • July 8, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 7, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 7, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added category "Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works"
  • December 1, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "American Bridge Co."
  • July 30, 2014: New photos from Clark Vance
  • July 24, 2014: New photos from Clark Vance
  • July 21, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "A.J. Tullock"
  • July 18, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Correct date, span lengths
  • March 3, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added bridge type
  • March 3, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "railroad"

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  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Luke


RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted February 25, 2021, by Luke

I solved the "mystery":

A.J. Tullock was the designer for all the bridges on the StLKC&C. The bridge contract, howerver, was split betwixt his Missouri Valley (East of Versailles) and AmBridge (West of Versailles).


AmBridge belongs on all of those DPGs/TPGs, as well as Tullock, whose name is there, I presume, because of Ye Olde Ego.

RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted July 25, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Page 422 in Luke's 22 July link suggests that Tulloch and Missouri Valley worked separately from ABC.

This leaves us with ambiguity about the builder of some of the bridges along this line. The DPG at Elm Branch in Pettis has a 1903 ABC plate, so we know they did some of the work along this western section.

I wonder if the trusses were Tulloch and the plate girders were more of a "phone it in" from ABC.

The plate on this bridge shows Tulloch was Civil Engineer and Contractor. This makes me think ABC should not be listed as a builder.

Some time I'll try to get to the West Sugar Creek Bridge to see if a plate survives. The truss at Haw Creek, although a Warren, may have a plaque as well. If we get enough plaques recorded things may clear up.

RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted July 23, 2017, by Don Morrison


It was an attempt at humor. No Ill will intended. Sorry if it was taken wrong. When I'm on mobile, I'm not signed in. Guess I have to type my name to be legit. I understood the meaning, it was just a bit of a tongue twister to say antepenultimate, especially if you read it in Sylvester the cat's voice like I tend to do.

RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted July 23, 2017, by Anonymous

Yes. It was common to publish contradictory info before the internet, but nobody ever read it anyway.

We also used to use "last two or three" instead of antepenultimate and penultimate, allegedly to save on syllables.

RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted July 22, 2017, by Luke

The claim that Tullock built everything from Belle to Versaille appears to stem from: https://books.google.com/books?id=5VBBAQAAMAAJ&q=gasconade+b... .

RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted July 10, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Katherine and Hubert S. were indeed his wife and son. Alonzo J. Tulloch died in 1904. I posted a link to his obituary on his category page. He worked with a lot of firms other than his own company.

RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted July 9, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have noticed on several Missouri Valley B&I Works plaques after his 1888 buyout of the firm that also denote "A.J. Tullock & Co. Proprietors". I think he liked to maintain some Autonomy even before he started working in conjunction with other fabricators.

Here is some info I found on MVB&I Works and Tullock courtesy of Kansas Historical Society archives...

"The Missouri Valley Bridge Company was originally formed as a partnership between Edwin I. Farnsworth and D. W. Eaves in 1874. Edwin Farnsworth was one of the early settlers and city officials in Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1867 he was appointed City Engineer, a position he held until 1871, when he became an agent for the Wrought Iron Bridge Company. In 1872, he became Chief Engineer for the competing King Iron Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio, which had established a shop in Topeka. Although successful, Farnsworth came to realize that it would be easier to manufacture and sell bridges in Kansas than import them from eastern firms. Returning to Leavenworth, he organized the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works [the initial name was actually the Missouri Valley Bridge Co.] In 1878, the business was taken over by the banking firm of Insley and Shire. A. J. Tullock, an engineer from Rockford, Illinois was named engineer and manager. Farnsworth moved on to found the Kansas City Bridge and Iron Company, the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company and the firm of Farnsworth and Blodgett."

"A. J. Tullock purchased interest in the company in 1880 and was listed as one of the proprietors. In 1888, he purchased the whole operation and operated it until his death in 1904. The company name was also changed in that year to Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company."

"In 1904 the company was incorporated and the active members were past employees with the exception of Amos E. Wilson, a local banker. Wilson acted as president until 1907, when Katherine S. Tullock, Vice President, assumed the presidency, holding this office until 1921, when H. S. Tullock became President."

I will assume that Katherine Tullock was likely the widow of A.J., and that H.S. Tullock was probably his son.

RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted July 9, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Thanks Luke, I was looking for this. I used this or a similar article as the source for adding ABC as the builder for the bridges on this line.

The exact reference is found on page 465, middle column, third paragraph, "Contractors".

RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted July 9, 2017, by Luke

According to this, AmBridge built the bridges in association with Tullock: https://books.google.com/books?id=8qIxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA460&dq=R...

RI - Maries River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2017, by Anonymous

The American Bridge Company did not build this bridge. It was the Midwest Valley Bridge and Iron Works Co. of Leavenworth, KS, which was owned by A. J. Tullock. Every bridge on the Rock Island, St. Louis to Kansas City line, from the Gasconade River to the town of Versailles, Mo was designed and built by this company.