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Indian Ford Bridge


Looking southwest

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Through truss bridge over St. Francis River between Puxico and Rombauer on Stoddard CR 499
Stoddard County, Missouri, and Butler County, Missouri
Formerly a bridge on the Frisco Hoxie Branch railroad built in 1926(?) and later retrofitted for vehicle use when the line was discontinued in 1967
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss with wooden trestle approaches on both ends
Length of largest span: 181.0 ft.
Total length: 292.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Frisco - Indian Ford Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.87116, -90.25370   (decimal degrees)
36°52'16" N, 90°15'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/744792/4084101 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 26 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 25
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MO 103-452004.0 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
MONBI 24045 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22692 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 26, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Status update per forum comment
  • December 31, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed status per forum post
  • March 26, 2005: Posted new photos


  • Complete History of Butler County - Pages 204, 207, 214
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke


Indian Ford Bridge
Posted February 26, 2014, by Hal (cryan1488 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is now closed to all traffic. Both ends are blocked by a pile of gravel and dirt. Also, one end has a pole welded across it.

Indian Ford Bridge
Posted December 31, 2011, by Craig Meador (cmeador [at] semo [dot] net)

This bridge has been closed to any traffic. The approaches have been closed with large pile of rock and gravel.

Indian Ford Bridge
Posted November 9, 2009, by lisa mccollum (lisamccollum55 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I grew up along the river here. I hope there are no plans to tear the bridge down. My opinion is that it is safe. May need a little rehab. We own all the ground on the right side of the road and some on the left on the stoddard county side. I would love to learn more on the history of this area ond about indian ford itseld which is upstream a little ways. It is on us too!

Indian Ford Bridge
Posted November 30, 2006, by Anonymous

Its a pretty sturdybidge if you ask me