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Marlowe Creek Bridge


Marlowe Creek Bridge Worth County Missouri

View from the south

Photo taken by Paul Hamby in November 2010


BH Photo #186131


Pratt Through truss bridge over Marlowe Creek on CR 287
Worth County, Missouri
Open to traffic single lane only
Built 1885, Relocated Here in 1901; converted to vehicular use ca. 1981; rehabilitated 1996
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 88.0 ft.
Total length: 228.0 ft.
Deck width: 9.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 21.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.43190, -94.44228   (decimal degrees)
40°25'55" N, 94°26'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/378001/4476848 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grant City
Land survey
T. 65 N., R. 32 W., Sec. 13
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 21067 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
MO 113-103001.0 (Missouri off-system bridge number)
BH 22821 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 37.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 1, 2020: New photos from Neil Krout
  • August 28, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • November 13, 2010: New photos from Paul Hamby

Related Bridges 



Marlowe Creek Bridge
Posted April 28, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like a very strong possibility John! Definitely the same fabricator and overall appearance. Reasonable distance from the Iowa location to seem feasible as well. Good detective work my friend!

Marlowe Creek Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found a possible former location for this bridge. It appears that it could have been moved from here:


This rail line was constructed in 1899, and the bridge is an exact match in terms of dimensions. In addition, the article on the Iowa page makes note of the spans being relocated to other locations.


Marlowe Creek Bridge
Posted August 22, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I did not find any immediate evidence about shortening it, other than the double connections which seem odd. The bridge clearly is older than 1899, and I feel could date back as far as the late 1870s. Very light weight, yet wonderful structure for sure. However, the floor beams seem to be much heavier than the rest of the structure, as do the lower chords (built up chords seem odd for such a light structure)

Marlowe Creek Bridge
Posted August 22, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

John... the length of the truss span suggests it was been shortened at some time. You may have found evidence of this during your visit? It certainly hints at a colorful history.

Marlowe Creek Bridge
Posted August 22, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very unique structure John!

The top pieces of the lattice portal bracing are angles instead of the usual flat stock... I have never seen this before!

Marlowe Creek Bridge
Posted August 22, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Field visited this bridge yesterday and have a couple notes..

One small note about the date. A track chart of mine records this CB&Q line having been built in 1899, however the bridge appears older than that, and a date of Ca. 1885 was given by the state. However, a bridge on the same railroad (different line) several miles to the south in Gentry County was built in 1899/1900 as well. The former span at that location was built in 1885. Is it possible the 1885 span was relocated from the Gentry County location?

The span is indeed a very lightweight pratt. The lower connections appear to be unique, as the connections at vertical posts #1 and #3 are doubled. The lower connection connects the floorbeam to the chords, while the second connection sits about two feet above this spot and connects the verticals. See photos #3, #9 and #12.

Marlowe Creek Bridge
Posted November 13, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Neat bridge..... especially the portals!

I am assuming it is a Pratt.....but hard to tell from the photos.