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McNeely Creek Bridge

Photos 

Deck view

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

BH Photo #100229

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over McNeely Creek on CR 12
Location
Clark County, Arkansas
Status
Replaced by a plastic culvert
History
Built 1923; rehabilitated 1990
Design
Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 70.8 ft.
Total length: 73.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 26, 2004
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.88707, -93.20950   (decimal degrees)
33°53'13" N, 93°12'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/480627/3749654 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gurdon
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
69
Inventory numbers
AHTD 11054 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 04000495 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10261 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 12, 2018: Updated by David Backlin: Updated to Lost/Replaced
  • September 21, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • February 15, 2008: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • February 8, 2005: Posted new photos

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Comments 

McNeely Creek Bridge
Posted September 20, 2010, by jackie a mcneely (backwoodsjack [at] yahoo [dot] com)

the story about the bridge,,is one that i have heard all my life,,,,,the story is one my dad,told me about my grandfarther,,,,my dad was robert h.mcneey......i am the youngest of his family

McNeely Creek Bridge
Posted September 17, 2010, by Diane McNeely Hodges (baneyhen2001 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The creek and bridge was named after my great-grandfather Robert George Washington McNeely. The story that has been passed down from my father Robert H. McNeely,Sr. was that his grandfather was traveling by horse to town. He was with his brothers all on horseback. The creek was out of banks due to heavy rain but they had to cross the creek to get to town, In the process of crossing the creek he lost his gun in the water. They could not find the gun so figured it was lost. Several days later when going to town again as the rode up to the crossing the gun was found stuck in the mud with the barrel up, right where they had crossed. From then on it was called McNeely creek. As a child I can remember us visiting my grandmother and driving on Hwy 67 and my dad stopping so we could see the name on the bridge that crossed Hwy 67. He always reminded us with the story of the reason for the creek being named McNeely creek. My great grandfather died at the age of about 30. My father passed away in 2009 at the age of 87. He had a clipping about the bridge displayed in his home at the time of his passing. He was the last one to pass away of the McNeely original family. He was the youngest of all the children.

Just thought someone might like to know how the creek and bridge received its name.

McNeely Creek Bridge
Posted September 17, 2010, by Diane McNeely Hodges (baneyhen2001 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The creek and bridge was named after my great-grandfather Robert George Washington McNeely. The story that has been passed down from my father Robert H. McNeely,Sr. was that his grandfather was traveling by horse to town. He was with his brothers all on horseback. The creek was out of banks due to heavy rain but they had to cross the creek to get to town, In the process of crossing the creek he lost his gun in the water. They could not find the gun so figured it was lost. Several days later when going to town again as the rode up to the crossing the gun was found stuck in the mud with the barrel up, right where they had crossed. From then on it was called McNeely creek. As a child I can remember us visiting my grandmother and driving on Hwy 67 and my dad stopping so we could see the name on the bridge that crossed Hwy 67. He always reminded us with the story of the reason for the creek being named McNeely creek. My great grandfather died at the age of about 30. My father passed away in 2009 at the age of 87. He had a clipping about the bridge displayed in his home at the time of his passing. He was the last one to pass away of the McNeely original family. He was the youngest of all the children.

Just thought someone might like to know how the creek and bridge received its name.

McNeely Creek Bridge
Posted December 30, 2009, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge 29 Dec. '09. Overcast skies. Spent an hour there. Active Union Pacific railroad bed parallels county road 12 (I didn't notice that CR12 was signed - also known as Old Gurdon Hwy). Long train came by while I was at McNeeley Creek at approx 2:30. Anthony Timberlands sawmill is adjacent to the rails. Water from creek is used in the sawmill operations. Town of Beirne is about 1/4 ~ 1/2 mile north from bridge. Bridge is of riveted construction. Bridge seems sturdy, but some of the running boards are broken or have loosened. Base of portal brace at right north anchor showing detrimental corrosion. Good overhead profile photos can be taken from the railroad trestle. Creek was flowing within its banks. Weight limits range from 13 to 14 tons. Concrete abutments. Six vehicles crossed while I was there. Attaching two digital images: one shows the underside and the other shows the weight limit sign.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

McNeely Creek Bridge
Posted May 25, 2006, by Debbie (djallison2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Please send me the history of this bridge. Thank you.