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Bradshaw Bridge


Abandoned pony truss bridge over North Blackbird Creek on Nettle Trail
Putnam County, Missouri
Built 1909 by the Midland Bridge Co.
- Midland Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Pin-connected, 3-panel Pratt half-hip pony truss
Length of largest span: 47.9 ft.
Total length: 110.8 ft.
Deck width: 11.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.44085, -92.84420   (decimal degrees)
40°26'27" N, 92°50'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/513213/4476701 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 65 N., R. 17 W., Sec. 18
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
MO 086-253001.5 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 20260 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22393 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 8, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Road is closed, bridge location appears long abandoned, no way to photograph without trespassing.


Bradshaw Bridge
Posted September 1, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Most likely from a bridge built by them in that vicinity. Not impossible that a plaque could meander that far from home... but highly unlikely. I was looking at their page on BH and they were building out in Arizona, so I'm sure they probably erected a few in Cali as well.

Bradshaw Bridge
Posted September 1, 2014, by Meindert Zwaagstra (sirdutch [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe that I have a manufacturers bridge plate from that bridge. At least the date lines up with this bridge. I dug it up in my backyard when I was living in Ontario, California 20+ years ago. I don't know how many bridges the Midland Bridge Co. built in 1909 so perhaps I'm wrong and that it is from a California bridge