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Blackwater McAllister Springs Bridge


View from northeast

Photo taken by James Baughn in February 2017


BH Photo #384418


Abandoned through truss bridge (deck appears to be missing) just east of Hwy K in southern Saline County, MO. This is adjacent to the McAllister Springs Conservation Access area - it looks like it might have once carried another county road or maybe a (very old) previous alignment of Hwy K... There isn't much evidence of a road from the aerial images that are available within the last 20-25 years.

You can spot the bridge on the east side of the McAllister Springs Conservation boat ramp. There is a short,vague walking trail on the east side of the conservation parking lot along a farmer's fence line and then along the Blackwater River. The road that once went to the bridge is long overgrown with woods on the south side and a farmers field on the north. No visible road.


Abandoned through truss bridge over Blackwater River on Unknown Road near McAllister Springs Conservation Area
Saline County, Missouri
Abandoned and in poor condition
Pin-connected, 8-panel Parker through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.94929, -93.34661   (decimal degrees)
38°56'57" N, 93°20'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/469965/4311206 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
645 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 51346 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,979)
Missing deck (52)
Missouri (6,577)
Parker through truss (1,434)
Parker truss (1,830)
Pin-connected (5,218)
Saline County, Missouri (84)
Through truss (18,229)
Truss (37,267)

Update Log 

  • October 15, 2019: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 25, 2017: New photos from James Baughn
  • November 24, 2016: New photos from Neil Krout
  • March 5, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added topo quad and elev.
  • March 2, 2012: New photos from Teresa
  • February 20, 2012: Added by John Kritos


  • John Kritos - jmkrito [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Teresa
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Neil Krout - kickinpony [dot] 66 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com


Blackwater McAllister Springs Bridge
Posted November 24, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Neil, look forward to those river shots in the Spring!

Blackwater McAllister Springs Bridge
Posted April 22, 2016, by Jim (phaedras [at] gmail [dot] com)

My great-grandparents owned the land just west of here for some time, including the remains of the hotel and bathhouses at McAllister Springs. There was still a passable but not maintained road to the abandoned bridge from the south side of the Blackwater River up until the late 70's or early 80's. We often fished from it when visiting.

Blackwater McAllister Springs Bridge
Posted March 7, 2012, by Steve Richards (steverichardsdj [at] hotmail [dot] com)

From looking at old MoDOT maps, it would seem that the state did not take over maintenance of this section of the road that includes the bridge and is now known as Route K until 1963 or 1964. Initially, this part of the road was designated as Route EE, while the section of road to the south of the Pettis County Line (which had already been under state maintenance for a number of years) was known as Route M. It looks like the whole road was designated as Route K in either late 1975 or 1976.

It would seem the state decided to build a new bridge (which would have been normal procedure in most cases) and took the opportunity to straighten out the alignment at the same time. I suppose there is a slight possibility the old bridge was initially left in place to serve local residents/landowners. The more likely scenario is the state and/or county simply didn't want to spend the money the tear it down.

Blackwater McAllister Springs Bridge
Posted March 5, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1945 Sweet Springs quad shows the old road and bridge.