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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
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 (as of 05/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 34.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)

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.