Gasconade Bridge c1925.JPG

The Gasconade River Bridge shortly after it was built. Note the Highway 14 designation at the bottom left of the post card. The bridge was built from 1922 to 1924, and the graveled State Highway 14 became U.S. Route 66 in 1926, so the photo likely is from 1925.

The Route 66 Association of Missouri compiled two pages of questions Saturday when it met to consider the possibility of the association taking ownership of the threatened Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge, board member Michael Boggs told the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society on Tuesday.

Boggs said the list includes legal questions, liability questions and to “see if we’re even able to own real estate.”

“The support is definitely there,” Boggs said. “We just have to cross all the T’s and dot the I’s first to make sure we don’t run into some things down the road.”

The state association’s board will consider the bridge proposal again Feb. 22. The Missouri Department of Transportation said earlier that a new owner must be found by April 20 or MoDOT will seek bids to demolish the bridge.

Roamin' Rich Dinkela, president of the state association and also a member of the Route 66 Gasconade County Bridge Guardians, gave this video update Sunday (click here).

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