Riverside Bridge

Near Ozark
Christian County

The 1909 Riverside Bridge carries Riverside Drive over the Finley River outside the town of Ozark in Southwest Missouri.  It is known as a pin-truss bridge, having removable pins holding the trusses together. It is known as a pin-truss bridge, having removable pins holding the trusses together.  This made it possible for the component parts to be fabricated and shipped to the site, and also made it possible for this type of bridge to be easily disassembled and moved.  Unique in that it is a two-span bridge, and given the fact that many bridges of this type have been lost at an astonishing rate makes this a bridge worth saving.  The Riverside Bridge has recently been deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is hoped that this bridge can be re-used in Christian County as a non-motorized trail system, perhaps as part of the Ozark Park Trail.

Listed in 2010 and 2011 and as watched properties in 2012 and 2013 under the category “Bridges of Missouri”

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