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Locust Creek Covered Bridge

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge

Originally known as Linn County Bridge, the Locust Creek
Covered Bridge in Laclede is the longest of the Show-Me
State's remaining historic bridges, measuring 151 feet
long. Built in 1868 from white pine, the bridge used to be
part of Route 8, one of the nation's first transcontinental
highway. The route was well traveled until U.S. Highway
36 came along in 1930. After that, the bridge was usually
bypassed by travelers.
The path of Locust Creek also changed through the
years, leaving the wooden bridge to sit on mud banks
much of the time.
When the state of Missouri acquired the bridge in 1968,
it was named as an historic site. The bridge was salvaged
from the muddy muck and repaired. And in 2001, Missouri State Parks raised the bridge by 6 feet to protect the
structure from any future damage. The effort gives the now
"bridge to nowhere" an appearance of once again spanning
water, as well as keeping it well away from more damage
caused by sitting on the ground below.

This 76-foot-long red relic is located in Jefferson County
and nearly hidden away near Hillsboro in a small park
setting. Built in 1872, this bridge was the last of Missouri's
remaining four to be built.
Often referred to by locals as the Lemay Ferry Bridge,
the white pine icon was torn apart by a spring floodwaters
in 1886, but quick-thinking locals salvaged much of the
original lumber for use in the rebuild. The original wooden
piers for the bridge were replaced with concrete in 1940,
and further renovations were done in 1952 and 1984 to
keep Missouri's only red covered bridge in good shape.
Today, the bridge is only open to pedestrian traffic.
Along with Locust Creek and Burfordville, the Sandy
Creek Covered Bridge utilizes the Howe truss design.
"It's in the same original spot. The neighborhood just
built up around it through the years," says Brian.
A shaded picnic area along Sandy Creek offers visitors
a beautiful place to enjoy the site, as well as a short trail
loop to walk.

Locust Creek Covered Bridge is located at 16957 Dart
Road in Laclede; 573-963-2525.

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge is located at 9001 Old
Lemay Ferry Road in Hillsboro; 636-464-2976.
photo by Heather Berry

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge is Missouri's
only red covered bridge. Built in 1872, this
gem is hidden away in Hillsboro.



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