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This is a list of all 20 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Arkansas. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1894 Swinging
Eureka Springs vicinity, Arkansas, USA (King's River)
Bridgemeister ID:1822
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 252f
1912 Miller
Miller, Cleburne County, Arkansas, USA (Little Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:1073
Principals:Henry Churchill
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Inundated
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~375f
Deck width:~10f
Notes
1912 Tumbling Shoals
Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas, USA (Little Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:1072
Principals:Henry Churchill
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~440f
Notes
1912 Winkley (Swinging)
Heber Springs, Arkansas, USA (Little Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:127
Structurae ID:0001341
References:GBD
Principals:Henry Churchill
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Collapsed, 1989
Main cables:Wire
Main span:550f
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1925 Powhatan
Powhatan, Arkansas, USA (Black River)
Bridgemeister ID:144
References:AAJ, AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:382f
Notes
1928 Des Arc (Swinging)
Des Arc, Arkansas, USA (White River)
Bridgemeister ID:152
References:AUB, PTS2
Principals:Austin Bridge Co
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, August 1970
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Notes
1936 (suspension bridge)
Black Rock vicinity, Randolph County and Lawrence County, Arkansas, USA (Spring River)
Bridgemeister ID:1075
O'Donnell ID:380
Coordinates:N 36.13987 W 91.08400
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:WPA
Use:Vehicular
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:~300f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1940 Clear Creek Swinging
Pyatt vicinity, Arkansas, USA (Clear Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1954
Coordinates:N 36.2098 W 92.8598
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:WPA
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1975
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
1941 Haggard Ford
Harrison vicinity, Arkansas, USA (Bear Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:199
O'Donnell ID:378
Coordinates:N 36.3458 W 93.1305
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:WPA, Jess Chaney
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:160f
Notes
  • Located about eight miles north of Harrison. According to plaque at bridge, restored 1977.
  • I was originally unsure if this was built as a vehicular bridge because it looks barely wide enough to have accomodated one lane of traffic, but after visiting the bridge, it definitely appears to be wide enough to accomodate one narrow lane of traffic and it appears the road was previously aligned to carry traffic over the bridge. Gene McCluney writes: "I visited this bridge [in the Summer of 2007] and talked to an adjacent landowner a couple weeks ago. It seems this bridge was closed in 1962 due to instability in one of the piers, and the crossing reverted to a ford or low water crossing until about four years ago when the new vehicular bridge was built. So, there was a suspension bridge in-use there for 20 years, then 40 years of "low water" type crossing, then just recently a new vehicle bridge."
  • See www.bridgehunter.com: Historic Bridges of the United States - Haggard's Ford Swinging Bridge - Boone County, Arkansas.
Photo by David Denenberg
1943 Beaver
Beaver, Arkansas, USA (White River - Table Rock Reservoir)
Bridgemeister ID:200
O'Donnell ID:375
Coordinates:N 36.4708 W 93.76856
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Pioneer Construction Co., Arkansas State Highway Department
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:312f
Side spans:2 x 105f
Deck width:11.1f
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
1945 Sylamore Creek
Allison, Arkansas, USA (South Sylamore Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:202
Structurae ID:0008201
O'Donnell ID:379
Coordinates:N 35.9361 W 92.1218
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:200f
Notes
  • I have seen a lot of other conflicting information about this bridge. Some references have it over North Sylamore Creek and most have it "north of Mountain View". The bridge is located over South Sylamore Creek about one-half mile due west of Allison, Arkansas on what is now Stone County route 283 and appropriately named Swinging Bridge Road. Structurae dates the bridge much earlier (completed 1914). Federal Highway Administration data shows the bridge constructed in 1943 and reconstructed 1985.
  • See www.bridgehunter.com: Historic Bridges of the United States - Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge - Stone County, Arkansas.
Photo by David Denenberg
1949 Higden
Higden vicinity, Arkansas, USA (Little Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:1821
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • The Arkansas History Commission's image archive contains an image of this bridge. The abstract mentions the bridge " is a temporary 'low-water' bridge built when the old suspension bridge nearby was declared unsafe"
(footbridge)
Blackburn vicinity, Arkansas, USA (Lee Creek - Devil's Den State Park)
Bridgemeister ID:911
Coordinates:N 35.77711 W 94.25413
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed, April, 2004
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • An April 28, 2004 AP wire story mentions: "Weekend flooding did an estimated $3 million in damage at Devil's Den State Park... A suspension bridge at the park was taken down by the flood waters." It appears to have since been rebuilt.
  • Replaced by (footbridge) - Blackburn vicinity, Arkansas, USA.
(footbridge)
Blackburn vicinity, Arkansas, USA (Lee Creek - Devil's Den State Park)
Bridgemeister ID:2495
Coordinates:N 35.77711 W 94.25413
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
(footbridge)
East End vicinity, Arkansas, USA (Mary Lake - Carmelite Novitiate)
Bridgemeister ID:1638
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
(footbridge)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA (Lake Catherine State Park)
Bridgemeister ID:2414
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Chain
Suspended spans:1
(footbridge)
Russellville, Arkansas, USA (Prairie Creek - Bona Dea Trails System)
Bridgemeister ID:1320
Coordinates:N 35.301683 W 93.159617
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Only towers remain (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Destroyed (or dismantled) sometime between 2005 and 2009.
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
(pipeline bridge)
Curtis vicinity, Arkansas, USA (South Boat Ditch)
Bridgemeister ID:2432
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Fred Garcia
(pipeline bridge)
Fulton, Arkansas, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:1820
Coordinates:N 33.60368 W 93.81316
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Notes
Photo by Fred Garcia
(suspension bridge)
Leslie vicinity, Arkansas, USA (Middle Fork Little Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:2363
Coordinates:N 35.81585 W 92.55011
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Notes

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