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US 66 Little Piney Bridge


US 66 Little Piney Bridges

Looking East. Original 1923 bridge on the right in use for EB traffic. 1952 bridges at left used for WB traffic. The original (EB) bridge was removed in 1967

Missouri State Archives


BH Photo #448403


Original Route 66 plunged downhill and turned sharply onto a railroad bridge and a five span through truss Pratt Through Truss over the Little Pinery built in 1923. This was the last section of US 66 in Missouri to be paved, completed on January 5, 1931. In 1932, the railroad bridge was replaced with a concrete slab. In 1952, Route 66 was expanded to four lanes, with a concrete girder and a Steel Girder to carry westbound traffic. The old bridge continued to carry EB I-44 until 1967. The 1952 bridges were replaced in 2005 and the 1967 bridge was re-habbed.


Lost five span Pratt through truss bridge over Little Piney Creek and Frisco line on US 66
Phelps County, Missouri
Replaced by a new bridge in 1967. That bridge was replaced in 2005
Built in 1923 as part of MO 14, later US 66, bypassed 1952, removed 1967
Pratt through truss
Also called
US 66 Arlington Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.91823, -91.96952   (decimal degrees)
37°55'06" N, 91°58'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/590575/4197242 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 37 N., R. 10 W., Sec. 24
712 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 72393 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1923 (641)
Built during 1920s (10,256)
Lost (28,524)
Lost 1967 (83)
Lost during 1960s (935)
Missouri (6,563)
Phelps County, Missouri (26)
Pratt through truss (6,059)
Pratt truss (10,303)
Replaced by new bridge (19,400)
Through truss (16,811)
Truss (35,495)
US 66 (302)

Update Log 

  • June 7, 2019: New photo from Joe Sonderman
  • May 25, 2019: New photo from Joe Sonderman
  • June 1, 2016: Added by Clark Vance



US 66 Little Piney Bridge
Posted August 23, 2019, by Don Morrison

What Clark said.

The tracks to the north of the old Little Piney bridge site are most likely the ones crossed by the 1923 truss.



"Later in the 1920s, the Wire Road was improved and became State Higway No. 14; in 1923 two steel bridges were built on it, one over the railway, the other across the Little Piney River, which runs just south of the town. The state highway became part of U.S. 66 in 1926."

US 66 Little Piney Bridge
Posted August 22, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The bridge crossed the river and the railroad. It never carried tracks.

US 66 Little Piney Bridge
Posted August 21, 2019, by John (johntherogger [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Can someone fill me in on the history of the Railroad connection? It says the bridge once carried a railroad....what happened to that alignment? Is it the one that went to FLW or is it the mainline that goes through Jerome from Frisco? Just curious to know the origin.