The Galena "Y" Bridge - Galena, MO
Posted by: YoSam.
N 36° 48.332 W 093° 27.632
15S E 458919 N 4073398
Quick Description: Unique bridge into town, now a walking bridge over the James River and to a very nice but small park.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/12/2008 6:24:40 AM
Waymark Code: WM4Y0R
Marker Erected by: The City of Galena.THE GALENA "Y" BRIDGE
County of Marker: Stone County.
Location of Marker: MO-413/248/265 & E. end of "Y" Bridge, Galena.
This magnificent structure was completely formed and poured on this site using sand and gravel from the river below and other materials from the surrounding area. The work began in 1926 and was completed and dedicated in November, 1927.
The "Y" configuration was adopted to accommodate the curve in old highway 43, now highway 13, [now - 2008 - MO-413] making it safer to enter and exit both to the north and to the south.
Wagons with teams of horses and mules and many hours of hard manual labor went into this tedious construction. In 1986, after fifty-nine years of faithful service, it was closed to vehicular traffic forever, when a modern, wider bridge was built to the north of it.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in May, 1991.
The bridge remains today, as structurally sound now as when it was built, as a tribute to the hardy crews who put together this engineering marvel of its time.While you're here, WALK THE GALENA "Y" BRIDGE