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This is a list of all 10 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Osage River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. 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 crossings.
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
1908 Sagrada
Sagrada, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:2304
Principals:J.S. Kidwell
Status:Removed, 1931
Main cables:Wire
Notes
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
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
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
(suspension bridge)
Monegaw Springs, Missouri, USA (Osage River)
Bridgemeister ID:1476
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
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."

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