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FP - Stillions Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photos submitted by an anonymous source

BH Photo #100046

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss swing bridge over Saline River on the Fordyce and Princeton Railroad (formerly Rock Island) northwest of Crossett
Location
Ashley County, Arkansas, and Bradley County, Arkansas
Status
Open to railroad traffic
History
Built 1906 by the Pennsylvania Steel Co.
Builder
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Fordyce & Princeton Railroad (FP)
Design
Swing Warren through truss
Also called
RI - Stillions Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.25649, -92.04559   (decimal degrees)
33°15'23" N, 92°02'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/588899/3680127 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vick
Inventory number
BH 10206 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 19, 2005: Posted photos from an anonymous source

Sources 

  • Fred Garcia
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Stillions Bridge
Posted September 7, 2009, by Fredrick Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited thid bridge on 6 Sept '09. This is another bridge that takes a little hunting to locate. A 4-wheel drive access road is gated; but tracks can be walked for approx 300 yards to get to bridge which is hidden from view by track curve. A group of local boys were out there swimming in the chocolate brown water and were eager to have their photo taken jumping off the bridge. According to them, the Saline River is approx 12 ft. and the drop from the bridge to water is approx. 40 ft. The turning mechanism on the center pivot pier is easy to see and photograph. The bridge is almost a carbon copy of the Camden RR bridge. There is no sign of ever having had a control house. It has long approaches at each end supported by creosote posts. The Camden bridge approaches are supported by steel I-beam piers. Both bridges have remnants of a mast with electrical wires and old glass insulators. Bridge is rusty and unpainted, but structurally sound for being over 100 years old. Rail traffic seems infrequent. The boys told me there had been a derailment once on the bridge and there are some RR cars submerged in the river. They only jump off from one side because of this.

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