LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Offensive graffiti in Lincoln County is worrying residents who have to pass these images every day. What’s just as upsetting to them is that no one is taking responsibility for removing it.
Young kids in their go-kart zoom past lewd words whose meaning they don’t understand yet. But since this graffiti popped up, they’ve started asking.
“They’re coming home and asking me what some things mean that I’d rather not discuss with them at this point in their lives,” explains Moscow Mills resident Emily Hudspeth.
Last week, Hudspeth discovered “bridge of death” scrawled on the concrete wall that blocks off the old Highway C bridge. Just next to those words are an x-rated phrase and racy drawing of the male anatomy. Hudspeth says the graffiti artists returned over the weekend to color in that drawing.
The wall of inappropriate graffiti isn’t the only thing worrying Hudspeth and her neighbors. They say the decaying bridge is a safety hazard, and too many kids are loitering there. Hudspeth explains, “We’ve heard gun shots, there’s drinking, we find condoms, used, laying on the ground, and trash is being dumped on a regular basis.”
Neighbor Bob Hall adds, “I’m afraid what it’s doing to the children, to my grandchildren. Because they’re out here all the time, and having strangers up and around the bridge.”
So who’s responsible for citing the loiterers and removing the graffiti? According to maps from the Lincoln County Assessor, the old bridge is county territory. But the Lincoln County Highway Department says the bridge hasn’t been on their list of projects for years. One county official even suggested that concerned residents power-wash the wall themselves.
But these taxpayers are sick and tired of getting the run-around. “Ashamed, embarrassed,” says Hall, “I drive by here every day. Tired of looking at it.”