Having covered a lot of ground (pun intended) in the post earlier this week about historic bridges across the Natural State, enjoy this second half of the list! Hopefully the nostalgia and memories brought back from these old structures around Arkansas facilitates a desire to study more of the state’s history!
25. Ouachita River Bridge:
24. Little Missouri River Bridge:
23. Petit Jean State Park Log Bridge:
22. Frog Bayou Bridge: This historic bridge is located in Crawford County, Arkansas, just south of Mountainburg.
The bridge is a single-span steel Parker through truss, which formerly carried Arkansas Highway 282 across Frog Bayou, a tributary of the Arkansas River. The bridge is now closed to traffic, and is located at the southern end of Silver Bridge Road.
21. Lee Creek Bridge: Located in Natural Dam, Arkansas, this bridge is a Pennsylvania through-truss bridge that was built in 1934.
This is a twin-span bridge with a total length of 587 feet, which carries Arkansas Highway 59 across Lee Creek.
20. Lee Creek Bridge: This historic bridge spans across Lee Creek in Van Buren, Arkansas.
Now closed to traffic, it is a three-span truss bridge located west of Rena Road on the city's west side.
19. Highway 79 Bridge: Also referred to as the Clarendon bridge, this structure was completed in 1931.
When adding the length of the approaches to the double cantilevered main span over the White River, this bridge is more than three miles long.
18. Cannon Creek Bridge: Located in Madison County, Arkansas, this bridge was built in 1929 by Walsh & Thomas of Benton, Arkansas. It was made obsolete by a new bridge constructed in 1988.
The Cannon Creek bridge is a three-span concrete tee beam bridge with a 24
17. Cove Creek Bridge: This bridge in Corley, Arkansas was built in 1936.
The Cove Creek bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
16. Mulberry River Bridge:
15. Wallace Bridge:
14. South Fourche LaFave River Bridge:
13. Buffalo River Bridge: The bridge over the Buffalo River was erected by Luttjohann of Topeka, Kansas, a successful contractor in Arkansas.
The bridge design was completed, following standard Highway Department bridge drawings, in only one day.
12. Cane Hill Road Bridge: Also known as the Little Red River Bridge, this is a closed-spandrel arch bridge built in 1923 located near Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
This bridge carries Arkansas Highway 170 over the Little Red River and in 2014 was in the process of being bypassed. The bridge has a single span about 43 feet in length, with an overall bridge length of 48 feet.
11. Beaver Bridge: Located in Beaver, Arkansas, this is a historic suspension bridge carrying Arkansas Highway 187 over the White River at Table Rock Lake.
Built in 1949 by the Pioneer Construction Company, the structure is the only suspension bridge open to traffic in Arkansas.
10. Mulladay Hollow Bridge:
9. Illinois River Bridge: Also known as the Midway Bridge, this is a historic concrete arch bridge located near Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
The bridge is located in Ozark National Forest, about 6 miles east of Siloam Springs, at the end of Chambers Springs Road (which it formerly carried) south of United States Route 412.
8. War Eagle Bridge:
7. Cotter Bridge: Also known as the R.M. Ruthven Bridge and the White River Concrete Arch Bridge, this historic structure carries U.S. Route 62 Business across the White River west of the city of Cotter in Baxter County, Arkansas.
Upon completion, the bridge allowed access to a part of the Ozarks previously undiscovered by motorists.
6. Lakeshore Drive Bridge: This bridge spans Lake No. 3 located at Lakeshore Drive in Pulaski County, Arkansas.
The Lakeshore Drive Bridge is another of eight known masonry arch bridges in Arkansas.
5. Middle Fork of the Red River Bridge:
4. Van Buren County Road 2E Bridge:
3. Lincoln Avenue Viaduct: Designed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company and presented to the City of Little Rock as a corporate gesture of goodwill, the Lincoln Avenue Viaduct was the first and only through rainbow arch in the city.
The structure was built by The Ozark Engineering Company of Joplin, Missouri in 1928 and, though it has lost a balustrade on the west side and has had a second bridge built adjacent to it, the Lincoln Avenue Viaduct is remarkably well preserved.
2. Edgemere Street Bridge: This bridge is one of eight known masonry arch bridges in Arkansas.
Certain design details in the bridge, such as the vertical columns incorporated into its spandrel walls, make it unique in the state.
1. Lake No. 1 Bridge: The Lake No. 1 Bridge is one of eight known masonry arch bridges in Arkansas.
The bridge spans Lake No. 1, located at Avondale Road in Pulaski County, Arkansas.
So many of these bridges across Arkansas have moved on as interstate travel and technology progresses, but coming across one of these structures from the past is quite a cool moment that transports visitors away from a world full of high-tech engineering and into the old world for a happy while. What do you think of our list? Tell us in the comments below!