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Anderson / Rismiller Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn in September 2009


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Through truss bridge over Spencer Creek on Brush Creek Road west of Frankford
Ralls County, Missouri
Removed and dumped nearby
Future prospects
Available for reuse
Built 1911 by Stupp Brothers, Rehabilitated 2011, carelessly tossed into a nearby field in 2016
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 158.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Also called
Brush Creek Rd Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.48879, -91.42522   (decimal degrees)
39°29'20" N, 91°25'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/635423/4372203 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 54 N., R. 5 W., Sec. 2 (Survey #3177)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MO 087-116001.9 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 16321 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22406 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 14.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 21, 2017: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • July 8, 2017: Updated by Elliott Johnson: Bridge has been removed and left to rot in a nearby field
  • November 27, 2015: New photo from K. Allen Ballard
  • September 3, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Update name; new deck added 2013
  • October 3, 2009: New photos from James Baughn


  • Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com


Anderson / Rismiller Bridge
Posted July 11, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

As a Ralls County resident I was not aware of bridge's removal. What a shame! This is a historic location and not just because of the the bridge. Nearby this bridge was the original location of Ralls' 1st mill built in 1820, St. Vrain's Mill. Historically, Ralls Commissioner's and legal counsel have the attitude that it's best to remove 'liabilities' than to preserve them. They are afraid someone will jump off of them! They really have no vision for historic preservation of any kind nor attracting industry.

The absurdness is they built an expensive UECB at another location at another county location. [It's called the million dollar bridge to nowhere] and has little traffic over it. So now, they simply remove this historic bridge, leaving only the low water crossing for the residents nearby.

The same fate befell the Historic rated Butler Ford bridge upstream in Madisonville. Fortunately the McDonald family have moved it to their property for preservation.

"You can lead a Horse to water, but, you can't make him think."

Anderson / Rismiller Bridge
Posted July 9, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This shows just how incredibly Moronic MoDOT is! Why not just close it off and install a low water crossing NEXT to it! I'm not sure if this was an attempt to remove the bridge intact and the contractor bungled it or what! Rediculous!!!

Todd Baslee Photo

Anderson / Rismiller Bridge
Posted July 8, 2017, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

But not very much time. I spoke with a nearby landowner and MoDot removed it because it was "unsafe". Now it is a horrible low water crossing.

Brush Creek Road Bridge
Posted August 18, 2011, by Ben Tate

The deck is currently being replaced on this bridge. MODOT wanted to remove it but couldn't afford to. This should buy it some time though.