Sometimes the coolest thing about a location is the history behind it, and these Arkansas bridges all are notable for being places for history buffs to explore and get a few good photos. Even everyday tourists will have a good time traveling around the Natural State and looking at these historic travel paths.
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25. Fourche LaFave River Bridge: Located in Perry County, the Fourch Lafave River Bridge is significant for its association with the Luten Bridge Company and the development of the Arkansas highway system in the first half of the twentieth century.
The bridge is an excellent example of 1930-40s era reinforced concrete bridge construction
24. Little Cossatot River Bridge: This historic bridge is located in rural Sevier County, Arkansas.
The bridge is is located just west of Lockesburg, carrying County Road 139H over the Little Cossatot River.
23. Shady Lake CCC Bridge No. 1:
22. Shady Lake CCC Bridge No. 2:
21. North Fork Bridge: This bridge carried Arkansas Highway 5 over the North Fork River, or the North Fork of the White River, in Norfork, Arkansas.
The bridge was a modern steel girder bridge, replacing a 1937 Warren deck truss bridge, which was the first road crossing of the North Fork River in Norfork. The 1937 bridge, demolished in 2014, was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
20. Black River Bridge: This bridge carries U.S. Route 67 (US 67) across the Black River in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
This bridge consists of two Parker trusses, one on either side of a Warren swing span, and trestled approaches, giving it a total length of 1,255 feet.
19. Mountain Fork Bridge: This is a historic bridge in rural Polk County, Arkansas.
The bridge carries County Road 38 across Mountain Fork Creek north of Hatfield and southwest of Mena.
18. Evansville-Dutch: This historic bridge is located in rural western Washington County, Arkansas.
The bridge was built in 1936 by the Luten Bridge Company, and was one of its last commissions in the county.
17. Lafayette Street Overpass: This historic bridge is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The bridge is a three-span open masonry structure, carrying Lafayette Street over the tracks of the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway.
16. Maple Street Overpass: Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, this bridge carries West Maple Street over the railroad tracks running just east of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville campus.
The bridge has a decorative Art Deco balustrade with inset lights on both sides.
15. Woolsey Bridge: This is a truss bridge built in 1925 located near West Fork, Arkansas.
The bridge carries County Route 35 over the West Fork of the White River for 303.0 feet.
14. Hackett Creek Bridge: This bridge is near Hackett, Arkansas, which carries Arkansas Highway 45 across Hackett Creek.
The bridge is a three-span concrete structure set on abutments and piers of stone and concrete. The longest single span is 36 feet long, and the total bridge length is 98 feet.
13. Milltown Bridge: This is a historic stone arch bridge in rural southeastern Sebastian County, Arkansas.
The bridge carries County Road 77 across an unnamed brook just west of its junction with White Mountain Road.
12. West James Avenue Overpass: This bridge spans Union Pacific Railroad (formerly Missouri Pacific Railroad) at
West James Street (formerly Williams Street) in Redfield, Jefferson County, Arkansas.
West James Street Bridge is a rare, intact example of an Arkansas timber
trestle highway bridge. It is a significant landmark in Redfield.
11. Newport Bridge: Known as the "Blue Bridge", this 400-foot, double-cantilevered bridge at Newport was a major construction project in 1929-30.
The Blue Bridge was replaced in 2014. It, along with two similar bridges at Augusta and Clarendon, Arkansas, was designed by renowned bridge engineer Ira G. Hedrick, and was once part of a main interstate highway route.
10. Petit Jean River Bridge: Built in 1961, this is a steel stringer bridge over Petit Jean River.
The bridge is located in Logan County, Arkansas.
9. Spring Lake Bridge: This small two-span stone arch bridge over Bob Barnes Branch is located at Spring Lake Recreation Area.
The bridge was built in 1936 by the United States Resettlement Administration .
8. Ward's Crossing Bridge: Located in Yell County, this through truss bridge over Fourche LaFave is located on River Road/Sunlight Bay Road southwest of Plainview.
The bridge was built in 1905 and has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
7. Judsonia Bridge: This structure, completed in 1924, is significant as the only known swing bridge in Arkansas designed as a cantilever.
This bridge was also part of a national modernizing movement to improve roads giving the town of Judsonia access to outlying regions on the opposite side of the river.
6. Memphis and Arkansas Bridge: This bridge carries Interstate 55 across the Mississippi River between West Memphis, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee.
The Memphis & Arkansas Bridge also carries U.S. Highways 61, 64, 70 and 79 from Memphis to West Memphis.
5. Old River Bridge: Located across the Saline River near Benton in Saline County, Arkansas, this is a historic bridge built in 1889.
The bridge is notable as one of the oldest surviving bridges in Arkansas. It was built by an appropriation of $5,000, and replaced an earlier bridge that brought the "Military Road" across the Saline.
4. Twin Bridges Historic District: The Twin Bridges Historic District is an area surrounding two closed-spandrel, concrete-deck bridges completed in 1922 by the Luten Bridge Company.
These bridges are located on County Route 3412 and former County Route 11. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 7, 1994.
3. White River Bridge at Elkins: This bridge in in Elkins, Arkansas is a historic structure carrying County Road 44 over the White River in eastern Washington County.
After construction in 1921, farmers in southeast Washington County were better able to bring their products to market in Elkins.
2. St. Francis River Bridge: This bridge carries United States Route 70 over the St. Francis River near Madison in St. Francis County, Arkansas.
The bridge consists of three Parker through trusses, each 162 feet long, and a swing bridge span 230 feet long.
1. Big Dam Bridge: The Big Dam Bridge spans the Arkansas River and Murray Lock and Dam between Little Rock and North Little Rock and is open only to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
At 4,226 feet in length the Big Dam Bridge is the longest pedestrian/bicycle bridge in North America that has never been used by trains or motor vehicles.
While you’re out road tripping this season you may find yourself running across (or over) one of these historic bridges – be sure to take a photo for posterity and share it with us!