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MO 8 Dry Fork Truss


Building Old Dry Fork Bridge

The 6-panel Pratt through truss and it's approach spans under construction. Label text, "2880 Building Old Dry Fork Bridge (south of St. James)"

Photo submitted Fmiser, copied from an albam in the James Memorial Library, St. James, MO


BH Photo #288361



Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Dry Fork Creek on MO 8 and MO 68
Phelps County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge
Built c1900
6 panel Pratt through truss. Originally there was a concrete 5-arch span on the northwest approach. By 1934, the northwest approach was a three-span steel pony truss.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.96447, -91.58116   (decimal degrees)
37°57'52" N, 91°34'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/624633/4202822 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Maramec Spring
835 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 61685 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


6-panel truss (652)
Arch (12,174)
Closed-spandrel arch (4,036)
Deck arch (11,411)
Lally columns (312)
Lattice Railing (216)
Lost (25,012)
Lost 1948 (55)
Lost during 1940s (406)
Missouri (6,315)
Phelps County, Missouri (26)
Pin-connected (3,925)
Pony truss (16,247)
Pratt through truss (5,431)
Pratt truss (9,353)
Replaced by new bridge (16,802)
Through truss (15,200)
Truss (32,988)
Wooden deck (6,074)

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MO 8 Dry Fork truss
Posted July 13, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I didn't find much on this old bridge.

After taking pictures of the current bridge (soon to be replaced) I took a few of the evidence of an old bridge. I found the library in St. James and asked if they new anything about the former bridge. All they had was some photo albums, in which I found the black and white photos.

The build date of 1900 is entirely a guess based on the photos. The lower chord is at the bottom of the floor beams, the lacing of the strut, etc.

The current bridge is scheduled to be replaced with the new bridge west of the current one. That could mean all the evidence of the truss bridge will be removed.