Wabash - First Missouri River Bridge
1868. Construction of the original begins
Between 1880 and 1884, virtually the entire superstructure was replaced and upgraded. The Fink deck truss spans are replaced with Whipple through truss spans and the girder approach spans are replaced. The through trusses are replaced. Additional piers are added on the east. No cast iron was used in any of the upgrade.
1884. The steamboat Montana crashed into the piers of the Wabash Railroad Bridge with total loss of the steamboat. The bridge seems to have suffered no damage.
1936. Removed. Functionally replaced by a new bridge erected about 1/2 mile downstream (north).
Missouri Railroad and Warehouse Commission, Annual Report 1884
- Lost bridge over the Missouri River with Trellis through truss and Whipple through truss spans
- St. Charles, St. Charles County, Missouri, and St. Louis County, Missouri
- Replaced by new bridge erected about 1/2 mile north (downstream)
- Upgraded in 1884 from the original in 1871; replaced 1936 by the current Wabash Bridge
- - American Bridge Co. of New York
- Charles Shaler Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan
- Edge Moor Bridge Works of Wilmington, Delaware
- Kellogg & Maurice Bridge Co. of Athens, Pennsylvania
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Phoenix Iron Works of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Saint Charles Bridge Co.
- - North Missouri Railroad
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
- Trellis through truss and Whipple through truss replacing earlier Trellis and Fink trusses.
Length of largest span: 318.0 ft.
Total length: 2,928.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 40.5 ft.
- Also called
- Wabash Railroad Bridge #59
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +38.79152, -90.47205 (decimal degrees)
38°47'29" N, 90°28'19" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/719555/4296677 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Saint Charles
- Inventory number
- BH 38184 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- May 18, 2019: New photo from Joe Sonderman
- July 29, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Trimmed description to be limited to the later, 1884-1936 upgrade
- June 30, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: added to "fink" category
- January 10, 2017: New photos from Dave King
- December 19, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added Wabash bridge number and uploaded new images
- November 10, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Uploaded Wabash RR data sheet
- October 27, 2014: New photo from Nathan Holth
- October 26, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added bridge dimensions as well as adding two (2) Wabash RR line drawings
- October 13, 2014: New photos from James Holzmeier
- November 17, 2012: Updated by Mark Frazier: Updated 1871 timeline.
- December 31, 2010: Updated by Mark Frazier: Additional history notes.
- November 22, 2008: New photo from James Baughn