2018 Update: Steven Riley contacted HistoricBridges.org with a correction of information from the Historic Bridge Inventory as follows: I noticed an error on your article about the Georgia City Bridge now at King Jack Park in Webb City, Mo. Originally it was not located on CR 223. It was located on CR 270 East of Asbury. I know this because it came from my farm. I grew up around this bridge and know it well. I have written a book about John Guinn and Georgia City. Included is a section on the bridge and its removal to Webb City. My dad along with a county commissioner started a group to preserve it in place then it was moved to Webb City.
Built in 1871, this bridge was originally located on CR-223 over the Spring River in Jasper County, about 3.3 miles southeast of Asbury. In its original location, this bridge was supplemented with two unusual pony truss spans in 1885. More recently, after sitting abandoned for many years, the bowstring truss was relocated and preserved for pedestrian use here in this park setting.
This bridge is among the oldest surviving dated works of the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company. It is also one of the few surviving examples of the company's patented column bowstring truss design that uses Phoenix columns. Most surviving bowstrings by this company use a top chord column that resembles a Keystone column. Use of the round-shaped Phoenix columns is far more rare. That this bridge uses genuine Phoenix columns is confirmed by the Phoenix Iron name rolled into the columns.
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