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Lowndes Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn

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Lost through truss bridge over Bear Creek located at the Iron Bridge Conservation Area
Wayne County, Missouri
No longer exists
Built 1913, probably by the Vincennes Bridge Co.; closed to traffic in 2008; demolished Feb. 2010
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Span length: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.15446, -90.27372   (decimal degrees)
37°09'16" N, 90°16'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/742107/4115487 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 29 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 28
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 13201 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 22807 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 30, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been demolished
  • April 25, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson



Lowndes Bridge
Posted July 30, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

With the crazy route the road takes to the East of this bridge, it could have very easily been bypassed with a new bridge on a better alignment. But with the previous losses of the Williamsville and Wappapello Bridges, it is obvious this county just doesn't care about history.

Lowndes Bridge
Posted May 17, 2009, by R. Stephens (horsetooth3 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Save the Loundes Bridge, and the historical significance of this bridge over Bear Creek will forever remain as much a focal point of the history of Greenville, Crossroads Church and the generations of those who have enjoyed, lived near, or on Bear Creek such as the Swaffords, Copelands, Allens, Barks and Stephens since the 1800's.

The fresh water springs feeding Bear Creek are protected.

The waterways of the Bear and Lost Creek are protected.

Loundes Bridge also needs to be protected. Without the Loundes Bridge, many a family would have been stranded or drowned by the seasonal flooding.

Thanks Herman Jr & Glenda for keeping the family history going, in Loundes.

Lowndes Bridge
Posted October 31, 2008, by Jim Gibbons (tractor99 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

This is how the bridge looks in October 2008, with a large I beam welded across both ends to prevent traffic.

Lowndes Bridge
Posted April 12, 2008, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Check out this one: http://bridgehunter.com/wv/marshall/bh36178/

The Bellaire Interstate Bridge is one that should be saved, for all the reasons you listed, but probably won't.

Lowndes Bridge
Posted April 12, 2008, by Harold (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

With the iron and steel bridges having served so many years, I feel the public should get behind the restoration and moving of such bridges if the need arises to move them Demolition of these bridges is robbing society of a lot of history. Battle Creek, Michigan( Calhoun County) has saved several by dismantling and moving them to an area where they cross a small stream and are subjected to foot traffic only. I'm not sure if the bridges are totally restored, but they all look as if they have been. I don't know who does this work or who sponsors the project, but I am very thankful to whoever is doing it. It is sad to see an old bridge sitting neglected, with trees growing up through and around it. These bridges are doomed to fall into the stream someday.

Lowndes Bridge
Posted March 4, 2008, by McAllister

The old iron bridge is a landmark. It would be a tragedy if it were to be demolished. Build a new one soon, but please keep this bridge intact!

Lowndes Bridge
Posted June 23, 2006, by lauren (laurenmcnew [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this bridge has alot of old memories PLEASE KEEP IT!!

Lowndes Bridge
Posted May 1, 2006, by dave

keep the bridge but build a new one please

Lowndes Bridge
Posted May 1, 2006, by dave

keep the bridge but build a new one please