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Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site

16957 Dart Road

Locust Creek Covered Bridge, built in 1868, once housed the nation's first transcontinental road, Route 8. Today, it is the longest of Missouri's four remaining bridges measuring 151 feet. The bridge was built out of white pine using the Howe-truss system, named for William Howe, who patented the design in 1840. The essential features of the design were its use of vertical iron rods to draw the diagonal wooden members tight against the top and bottom of the bridge. The bridge features arched entrances with ramps sloping away from both ends. 


NJ Whetstone

Sunday, June 17, 2018
This retired covered bridge is off the main highway, down a dirt road. Once you reach the parking area, you take a 1/4 mile walk down a well maintained gravel path through the woods to the bridge. The interpretative signs do a good job with the history of the bridge. It was an interesting break in our long drive home.

Jeremy B

Monday, May 14, 2018
Worth the stop if you are traveling on Hwy 36. The bridge is a 1/4 mile walk from the parking lot, but the path is very flat (no hills to climb). There are several displays near the bridge explaining the history and building techniques of the trusses. The roof of the bridge is in pretty bad shape so they have built a support system to keep it from collapsing, but you are still allowed to walk across the bridge and back.

Debra Krusniak

Friday, July 13, 2018
Wouldn't make a special trip to see this, but if you're already on your way from A to B, it's a nice little leg-stretch stop.

M White

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Cool Bridge...1.25mi walk to get there

Julie Perry

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Photo ops and a nice hike!

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