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Old White River Bridge

Photos 

Photo courtesy AHTD

BH Photo #173889

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over White River on US 62
Location
Carroll County, Arkansas
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Replaced 1952
Design
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.45028, -93.83020   (decimal degrees)
36°27'01" N, 93°49'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/425602/4034212 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Beaver
Inventory number
BH 45966 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 14, 2012: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • October 29, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Moved pointer from new bridge to old piers
  • August 24, 2010: Added by David Backlin

Sources 

  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Old White River Bridge
Posted January 10, 2012, by Ross Warnell (rwarnell [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The floor of this bridge was wooden planks and would cause quite a racket when crossing.

What is not clear from the photo is Eastbound US 62 descended a steep grade and made a 90 degree left turn onto the bridge. Going straight was NOT an option due to the fact there was a solid rock bluff.

When I was very young (1946 or 1947) a truck loaded with hay didn't quite make the turn, went through the side of the bridge and landed on the sandbar below. A portion of the truss fell down, slicing throug the truck just behind the cab. My dad said the driver was badly hurt but lived.