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Masterson Bridge


Masterson Bridge

Photo taken by Chris Gonnerman in September 2013

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #266413



This bridge was relocated from Marion County, Missouri in August 2013 by the Northeast Missouri Old Thresher's Society. The former bridge ID is 22000. As it is presently preserved, it has no deck, but is supported on pilings over the rails.


Pratt through truss bridge on Steam Engine Tracks
Shelby County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Originally built in 1898, this bridge was relocated here in September of 2013
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Span length: 104.0 ft.
Total length: 104.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.70527, -92.03387   (decimal degrees)
39°42'19" N, 92°02'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/582822/4395492 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 57884 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2013: Updated by Chris Gonnerman: Minor correction to description.
  • September 7, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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Northeast Missouri Old Threshers Bridge
Posted September 8, 2013, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

For what it is worth I agree with Tony.

Northeast Missouri Old Threshers Bridge
Posted September 8, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

On August 13, I posted a message to just the forum about my idea of how to change the site to accommodate moved spans.

I don't want to repost the whole thing, so in summary, I suggest:

The field "Status:" - Either add to the category "No longer exists" or create a new category called "Moved".

Add a field "Year Erected here:" - Fill this in only when different than the "Year Built:".

The field "Year lost:" - add the text "or moved" to the explanation so it reads "enter the exact year, if known, when it was replaced, destroyed, or moved".

The "Relationship" list on the "Related Bridge" page - add "Entire structure relocated to", "Entire structure relocated from", "Portion of structure relocated to", and "Portion of structure relocated from.

Those changes James will have to make. As a simple contributor, I created the categories "Original location" and "Second location, entire structure"

Northeast Missouri Old Threshers Bridge
Posted September 8, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Personally I feel like the historic name given to a bridge ought to go with it if the span is relocated and I think this should still be known as the Masterson Bridge. I think it's important to keep ties with the bridge's heritage and those people who have fond memories of it at it's original location.

I have also suggested to James about adding "Relocated" to the status field so that bridges that are moved won't show as being lost on their original page. They may be lost from their original location but certainly not gone altogether. Big difference.

My two cents...curious what the gallery thinks...