Additional History: Two deck trusses were replaced in 1993 by modern beams due to flooding.
This bridge is a massive pin-connected Parker through truss. It appears to retain good historic integrity with the exception of a few deck plate girder spans which have been replaced along with their supporting bents.
This bridge replaced and sits on the location of one of the first two all-steel railroad bridges every built. A swing bridge of steel was erected in Chicago in the same year. This previous Glasgow Railroad Bridge was a Whipple through truss.
This bridge has not been fully photo-documented by HistoricBridges.org but photos taken by MoDOT are included on this website to document the drastically changed appearance the demolition of the historic Glasgow Bridge has had on the railroad bridge which once paralleled it. Although the new Glasgow Bridge is a stringer which would seem like it would block less of the view of the railroad bridge than the large historic truss bridge, it is clear that this is not the case. The massive, solid i-beams of the new bridge actually block the view of the railroad more completely than the truss did.
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