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White River Lost Bridge


Circa 1930


BH Photo #400904



Lost Bridge over White River on AR 127
Lost Bridge Village, Benton County, Arkansas
Destroyed by flooding
Built 1929 ; Destroyed by flooding 1943
Open-spandrel arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.39257, -93.89742   (decimal degrees)
36°23'33" N, 93°53'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/419519/4027865 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 78252 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 3, 2017: Updated by M C Toyer: Added Coordinates and Vintage Maps
  • August 23, 2017: Added by David Backlin


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Lost Bridge
Posted August 23, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

The bridge was completed in the summer of 1929 to make a passage way between the town of Garfield and Eureka Springs. The "Great Depression" came that winter, and there was no money to complete the connecting road to the new bridge. For five years a fine concrete bridge spanned the river, but there were no approaches to it, and there was no road to get to it. Consequently, it became known as the "Lost Bridge." The bridge stood isolated until 1934, when the approaches were built and the road was completed. On 7 May, 1943 a flood destroyed the bridge and later a concrete low-water crossing was built near the wrecked bridge. In March 1964, as Beaver Dam was completed and the lake filled, the low-water crossing and the remains of the Lost Bridge were flooded, never again to be used. Today they are under approximately 190 feet of water.