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Oak Dale Branch Bridge


Looking south

Photo taken by James Baughn in May 2010


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BH Photo #164390



At one time there was an Oak Dale Church nearby, only the cemetery remains.

Not sure when the bridge was closed.


Bedstead pony truss bridge over Oak Dale Branch on CR 371
Shelby County, Missouri
Closed, with beams bolted across the entrances
Built ca. 1910
- Pan American Bridge Co. of Moberly, Missouri
Riveted double-intersection Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 32.1 ft.
Total length: 33.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.75851, -91.93318   (decimal degrees)
39°45'31" N, 91°55'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/591384/4401499 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 57 N., R. 09 W., Sec. 8
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MO 102-324000.7 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 21799 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22560 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 10, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added builder based on similarly-designed bridge + Fact the company built in the area + input from Tony Dillon
  • June 10, 2021: New photo from Chris Gonnerman
  • January 3, 2018: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • December 11, 2017: New photo from K. Allen Ballard
  • July 1, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Corrected page, accidentally added CR371 pics here.
  • May 6, 2010: New photos from James Baughn


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Oak Dale Branch Bridge
Posted June 10, 2021, by Luke

This bridge has the same design features as this one from my hometown: https://bridgehunter.com/ia/muscatine/bh79331/

Newspapers.com search of the Shelby County Herald shows that Pan American Bridge Co. of Newcastle, Indiana, which the Moberly, Missouri company was basically the same as, had multiple contracts let in the county, as did the Moberly concern.

So it stands to reason that they built this bridge.