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Action of the Missouri State Legislature

In May 1967 the State Legislature took action to preserve the covered bridges in the state of Missouri.

Senator Richard Southern of Monroe City, Missouri introduced the Senate Bill No. 179. The bill reads as follow:

"The Missouri State Park Board shall repair and maintain as state historical sites all covered bridges (wooden) which are acquired through any grant, gift, donation device or request to or for the use of the State of Missouri.

Later the Senate stated that there were six covered bridge structures in Missouri at that time.

It was estimated that $16,000 would be provided for repair and maintenance for each bridge.

The Senate Bill No. 179 was signed by Governor Warren E. Hearnes. The takeover was to be effective October 13, 1967.

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