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Local History

Bridges of Greene County

 Clear Creek Bridge on Farm Road 33, Ash Grove vicinity, Greene County, MO; ca 1968.Who used to decide on the safety of bridges in Greene County?  In 1914, county court judges and surveyors inspected several bridges for needed repairs and replacements. 

Springfield Mo. Republican, October 16, 1914, page 2
Bridges in county visited by court; Judges, with surveyor McAfee, Harry Schmook and F. A. Marshall, inspect improvements.

The members of the county court, Judges W. H. Gorsuch, W. H. Perkins and John Cowell, County surveyor John R. McAfee, and Harry Schmook and F.A. Marshall spent yesterday inspecting bridges in Greene county which either now are undergoing repairs or will be repaired in the near future.

Two steel bridges which were damaged by heavy rains in September will require a considerable amount of work to place them in their original condition.  One which spans the Pomme de Terre River five miles east of Fair Grove was swept 2000 yards down stream by the swollen waters; the other, two and one-half miles north of Fair Grove lost its south approach by the same flood.

Other bridges which soon will be restored to James River Bridge ca 1968, .6 mile North of Greene-Christian County Line, MO.  James River Bridge was the first metal bridge constructed in the county and was associated with the Harrison-Springfield Road. a safe and serviceable condition are the Galloway bridge and the bridge at Ingram Ford, both crossing the James river, the Edgar bridge, east of Republic, across Wilson Creek and the Crystal Cave and Bolivar Road bridges, both over the Sac.

If you would like to research other bridges visit Historic Bridges of the United States at  Click on the map to pick the state you are interested in and then click the county you would like to search.  Greene County Missouri has many entries.  The Library Center also has three Historic American Engineering Record books that describe the Hootentown, James River and Number 692 bridges.

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