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Leatherwood Creek Railroad Trestle

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Leatherwood Creek Railroad Trestle

Top of trestle looking northeast. Former Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad.

Photo taken by J Randall Houp in January 2011

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Essay 

Written by J Randall Houp

Located about a mile southwest of the Charcoal Gap Railroad Tunnel. Follow old railroad bed all the way from tunnel to trestle. GPS given is correct.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over Leatherwood Creek and Livingston Hollow
Location
Carroll County, Arkansas
Status
Abandoned
Railroad
- Missouri & North Arkansas Railway (M&NA)
Design
Railroad trestle on Missouri-North Arkansas Railroad
Also called
Livingston Hollow Railroad Trestle
Old Railroad Trestle #78-7.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.43654, -93.70676   (decimal degrees)
36°26'12" N, 93°42'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/436654/4032600 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Eureka Springs
Inventory number
BH 51336 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2014: Updated by J. Randall Houp: Trestle now on The Arkansas Register of Historic Places.
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 19, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp

Sources 

  • J. Randall Houp

Comments 

Leatherwood Creek Railroad Trestle
Posted February 20, 2012, by J Randall Houp

You have brought up some interesting points. My son & I first visited the Charcoal Gap RR Tunnel. From that point we walked in a southwest diection down the east side of Livingston Hollow until we came upon the trestle. The trestle is very high and crosses both the small Livingston drainage and Leatherwood Creek. This trestle put us on the south side of Leatherwood Creek and I could see the old rr bed continuing west to the "Y" you mentioned. When your on Arkansas 23 just west of the wye you also cross the Leatherwood Creek highway bridge (photos to follow). At this point Leatherwood goes under the bridge east to west. The old rr follows Leatherwood until it crosses as mentioned. The maps are correct, but should be called the eastern branch of Leatherwood Creek because it flows west and meets the main branch of Leatherwood just west of Ark. 23. Great maps you have; will search for them. I have Google Earth, but I am new with that. Still do bridgehunting the old fashion way, map & compass. If you'd be kind enough to send the exact GPS numbers I'll post them on the site. Thanx!

Leatherwood Creek Railroad Trestle
Posted February 19, 2012, by Ja Fehr (jafehr [at] acm [dot] org)

Hi,

Nice photography. Looking at Bing, Google, and USGS maps, the coordinates appear to be (WGS84 Datum): 36.436937N, -93.706850 or 36 26' 13"N, 93 42' 25"W.

The trestle spans a short tributary of Livingston Hollow, the railroad ran (for the most part) along the southern bank of that Hollow toward Berryville. Just west (about 1.3 miles) of this site, an abandoned wye with two trestles is visible (using Bing aerial view) very close to and southeast of the intersection of Arkansas Highway 23 and Carroll County Road 266.