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This is a list of all 31 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Missouri. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1890 Grand Avenue (Jefferson Avenue)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA (Mill Creek Valley)
Bridgemeister ID:96
References:AAJ, HBE, IEA, ONF, PTS2, SSB
Principals:Carl Gayler
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Demolished, 1960
Main cables:Eyebar
Suspended spans:3
Main span:400f
Side spans:2 x 150f
Deck width:60f
Notes
  • Braced chain (stiffened-eyebar) design often espoused by Gustav Lindenthal. ONF (an article by Lindenthal) refers to this as the Jefferson Ave. bridge while Fowler's book (IEA) calls it "Grand Avenue". AAJ describes it as "a three-hinged inverted arch with two stiffened chains, one on each side."
1895 Drake
Warsaw, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:1069
Principals:Dr. Daniel M. Eddy
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, 1913
Main cables:Wire
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1897 Hackberry
Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:2538
Principals:Joseph A. Dice, Dr. Daniel M. Eddy
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Main span:520f
1904 Upper (Swinging)
Warsaw, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:2537
Coordinates:N 38.24396 W 93.38926
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph A. Dice, Dr. Daniel M. Eddy
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1924
Main cables:Wire
Notes
1905 Tuscumbia
Tuscumbia, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:1977
Coordinates:N 38.23526 W 92.44763
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Replaced, 1933
Main cables:Wire
Notes
1907 Swinging
Kansas City, Missouri, USA (Blue River - Swope Park, Kansas City Zoo)
Bridgemeister ID:120
O'Donnell ID:1027
Coordinates:N 39.00165 W 94.5244
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Midland Bridge Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:227f
Deck width:8f
Photo by Ben Prusia Photo by David Denenberg
1908 Sagrada
Sagrada, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:2304
Principals:J.S. Kidwell
Status:Removed, 1931
Main cables:Wire
Notes
1910 Boeckman
St. Elizabeth, Missouri, USA (Big Tavern Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:608
Coordinates:N 38.22667 W 92.24
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph A. Dice
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 2003
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Federal Highway Administration data lists 1910 as the year of completion.
Photo by Miriam Buechter
1910 Buechter
St. Anthony vicinity, Missouri, USA (Tavern Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:610
Structurae ID:0014258
O'Donnell ID:370
Coordinates:N 38.14 W 92.29667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph A. Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:141f
Deck width:12.1f
Notes
Photo by Ben Prusia Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Paul Boudreau
1910 Kemna
St. Elizabeth, Missouri, USA (Tavern Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:611
O'Donnell ID:368
Coordinates:N 38.24667 W 92.245
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph A. Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:167f
Deck width:11.1f
Notes
Photo by Ben Prusia Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Paul Boudreau
1910 Kliethermes
St. Anthony vicinity, Missouri, USA (Tavern Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:609
O'Donnell ID:369
Coordinates:N 38.1777 W 92.3223
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph A. Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Closed, 2006 (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:215.8f
Deck width:10.8f
Notes
Photo by Ben Prusia Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Paul Boudreau
1910 Linn Creek
Linn Creek, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:289
References:AAJ, PTS2
Principals:T.S. Hart
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1931
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:525f
Notes
  • Dismantled 1931 in preparation for inundation that created Lake Of The Ozarks.
  • Michael Gillespie writes: "The supporting cables were cut and the tower was allowed to fall into the Osage River. The entire flood plain was being inundated by the waters of the newly created Lake of the Ozarks. During World War 2, the cables and tower were raised and sold for scrap. The shoreline of today's Lake of the Ozarks is just at the base of the bridge abutment. The toll house, seen in the photo just to the left of the bridge, is long gone, and everything below that has been underwater for 77 years. I have created a map of the road system at that location. You can view it at www.LakeHistory.info."
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1910 Mill Creek
Brumley vicinity, Missouri, USA (Mill Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:342
O'Donnell ID:371
Coordinates:N 38.07833 W 92.525
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph A. Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~100f
Side span:1
Notes
Photo by Ben Prusia Photo by David Denenberg
1912 Branstetter (Peal Bend)
Benton County, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:2042
Principals:Joseph A. Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Notes
1913 Middle
Warsaw, Missouri, USA
Bridgemeister ID:149
Structurae ID:0011002
Principals:J.S. Kidwell, C.F. Bibb
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Demolished
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main span:462f
Side span:120f
Deck width:12f
Notes
1920 Glaize (Auglaize, Grand Glaize, Grand Auglaize)
Brumley vicinity, Missouri, USA (Grand Auglaize Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:332
O'Donnell ID:372
Coordinates:N 38.07667 W 92.52667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph A. Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~400f
Side span:1
Notes
Photo by Ben Prusia Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1927 Upper (Swinging)
Warsaw, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:1070
Structurae ID:0008115
O'Donnell ID:374
Coordinates:N 38.24396 W 93.38926
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph A. Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~500f
Side span:~95f
Notes
  • Joseph Dice supervised the construction of this bridge to replace the 1904 structure destroyed in a tornado in 1924. A postcard of this bridge reads: "built in 1927 by the Benton County Court and by popular subscription of citizens to replace a similar bridge destroyed by a windstorm two years earlier. Structure swings on two wire cables imbedded and anchored in concrete and stone. The towers and floor beams are of steel while the floor is of wood. A state highway crosses this bridge."
  • Reopened for pedestrians, 2007, after being closed for several years.
  • Replaced 1904 Upper (Swinging) - Warsaw, Missouri, USA.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Ben Prusia Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Jim Neill
1929 Klenken
Pilot Grove vicinity, Missouri, USA (Lamine River)
Bridgemeister ID:1570
Principals:Joseph A. Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Replaced, 1994
Main cables:Wire (steel)
1933 Little Niangua
Camden County, Missouri, USA (Little Niangua River)
Bridgemeister ID:179
O'Donnell ID:373
Coordinates:N 38.065 W 92.91
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, SSS, USS
Principals:Howard Mullins, Scully Steel Co., American Steel & Wire Co., Clinton Bridge Works
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:225f
Side spans:112.4f, 112.5f
Deck width:20f
Notes
  • Self-anchored.
  • Closed for a few weeks in October, 2007 for emergency repairs. According to an October 4, 2007 article in the Lake Sun Leader (Missouri): "a routine inspection revealed a problem in the substructure... too much movement was detected at a location underneath the north side of the bridge." Other sources mentioned a faulty "pin."
Photo by Brian Flowers Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Paul Boudreau
1953 Paseo
Kansas City, Missouri, USA (Missouri River)
Bridgemeister ID:636
Structurae ID:0014837
O'Donnell ID:1025
Coordinates:N 39.122783 W 94.5661
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (major highway)
Status:Demolished, July, 2011
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:618f
Side spans:2
Notes
  • Self-anchored. Carries I-29, I-35, and US71 across the Missouri River. Closed for several months in 2005 for major refurbishment. Reopened, September, 2005. Demolished, July, 2011.
Photo by Peter Whitlock Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Peter Whitlock Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1955 (pipeline bridge)
Grand Tower, Illinois and Wittenberg vicinity, Missouri, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:1028
Structurae ID:0008138
Coordinates:N 37.6417 W 89.513217
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:2,161.5f
Notes
  • Large pipeline bridge, sometimes claimed to be "world's largest pipeline suspension bridge".
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by David Denenberg
(footbridge)
DeSoto, Missouri, USA (Joachim Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2322
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Crossed Joachim Creek at East Clement Street.
(footbridge)
St. Joseph, Missouri, USA (Hyde Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1901
O'Donnell ID:1024
Coordinates:N 39.71055 W 94.852683
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2010)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:56f
Notes
  • Crosses a bicycle trail.
(footbridge)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA (Forest Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1477
O'Donnell ID:366
Coordinates:N 38.64124 W 90.28813
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by David Denenberg
(suspension bridge)
Monegaw Springs, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:1476
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
(suspension bridge)
Tuscumbia vicinity, Missouri, USA (Saline Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2365
Coordinates:N 38.27130 W 92.41936
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Notes
Brown's Ford
Brown's Ford and Lowry City vicinity, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:2325
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • The June 22, 1940 edition of The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune (Chillicothe, Missouri) has an article titled "Three Killed in Bridge Collapse, Workmen were repairing the structure near Lowry City, Mo." describing a fatal collapse of the bridge: "Three men were killed, three injured critically and an 8-year old boy believed drowned when cribbing on a wooden suspension bridge across the Osage River six miles east of Lowry City collapsed about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The bridge, on a farm-to-market road in St. Clair County, was being remodeled. Of the ten men working and bystanders on and near the structure when it fell, only one escaped without injury. All those killed or injured lived in St. Clair County. On the west side of the bridge a framework of heavy timbers had been inserted between one of the suspension cables and an old wooden pier, which originally had supported the cable. The workmen were attempting to slide a steel pier under the cable, to replace the wooden pier. The cribbing suddenly gave way, and the pressure from the cable hurled the wood supports in all directions. The bridge floor dropped into the river, except for a small section near the east end."
Bryan's Crossing
Warsaw vicinity, Missouri, USA (South Grand River)
Bridgemeister ID:1074
Structurae ID:0011001
Principals:Joseph A. Dice?
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Maries River
Argyle vicinity, Missouri, USA (Maries River)
Bridgemeister ID:2133
Coordinates:N 38.25798 W 91.99395
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Status:Destroyed, some remains still visible, 2006
Main cables:Wire
Notes
Swinging
Carthage and Carterville, Missouri, USA (Center Creek - Lakeside Park)
Bridgemeister ID:358
Use:Footbridge
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Was in use in early 1900's.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
Vienna Swinging
Vienna, Missouri, USA (Maries River)
Bridgemeister ID:2364
Coordinates:N 38.20176 W 91.97756
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joseph Dice
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Destroyed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes

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