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DeGray Creek Bridge



Photo taken August 2002 and provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #100208



The American practice of using pins for bridge connections lasted from the 1860s until the 1920s. DeGray Creek Bridge is the only known surviving pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge in Arkansas. It was moved from its original location to its present location during construction of DeGray Dam in the mid-twentieth century.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Pony truss bridge over DeGray Creek on CR 50 (Terrell Road)
Clark County, Arkansas
Open to one-lane traffic
Built ca. 1915 probably by Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co.; relocated here ca. 1975
- Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri
Pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt pony truss with wooden deck
Span length: 61.0 ft.
Total length: 61.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 2010
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.15389, -93.16015   (decimal degrees)
34°09'14" N, 93°09'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/485237/3779231 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
De Gray
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 11085 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 09001239 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10256 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 6, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Moved pin to the correct bridge.
  • March 5, 2017: HAER photos posted by James Baughn
  • January 29, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Posted to the National Register
  • September 26, 2005: Posted additional photos from Wayne Kizziar


  • AHTD
  • HAER AR-81 - DeGray Creek Bridge, Spanning DeGray Creek at Blish Road (CR 50), Arkadelphia, Clark County, AR
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


DeGray Creek Bridge
Posted September 16, 2005, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

I paid a visit to this bridge today(9-16-05) and it is still in place, a little worse for ware but still there. Beautiful little bridge in a rustic setting.