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Bailey Bridge


Replacement bridge

BH Photo #106927


Bailey Bridge was the 1st structure here, prior to this there was a low water crossing. Wooden deck removed, Concrete deck added 1989 at a cost of $89,000.


Lost through truss over Salt River on Bailey Bridge Road southeast of New London
Ralls County, Missouri
Replaced by a boring concrete bridge
Built 1910 by Stupp Brothers; replaced 2002
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
Pin-connected, 10-panel Pennsylvania through truss with Pony truss southern approach.
Length of largest span: 229.9 ft.
Total length: 321.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.56438, -91.30299   (decimal degrees)
39°33'52" N, 91°18'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/645776/4380784 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hannibal SE
Land survey
T. 55 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 12
Inventory numbers
MO 087-089001.0 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 22403 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 26, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Added 2 photos; updated demo date; approach span detail.
  • June 6, 2005: Bridge has been replaced



Bailey Bridge
Posted April 16, 2014, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have a number of photos, recent & a few old pics of the original Bailey Bridge, I will scan & post some of them very soon. Bailey was built in 1911 by Stupp Bros. of St. Louis at a cost of $10,000. If memory serves me correct BB had a total length of well over 325' including approach spans.

Previous to the 1911 structure, there was only a 'low water' crossing here called Bailey Ford. I have large 38" x 38" half Plat Map of Ralls (printed for Ralls County Bank) showing this detail.

Originally, a wooden decked bridge, the county replaced the wood with a concrete deck in 1988-89 at a cost of approx $89,000. The current concrete bridge was built by Bleigh Construction, Hannibal, at a cost of about $760,000.

When Bailey Bridge was removed around 2002(?) it was the longest of its' kind still in daily use in Missouri. This road was/is fairly well traveled as it turns into Rt ZZ going south to Frankford. The north end terminates at Mo Rt T (Old Hwy 97).

[Much of this info is from Ralls County (1980) by Goldena Howard, news articles from Ralls County Herald Enterprise and from my own personal knowledge.]