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Nachitoch Bluff Bridge



Photo taken by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #100231



Derelict two-span through truss over Little Missouri River, just upstream from I-30
Clark County, Arkansas, and Nevada County, Arkansas
Abandoned, with deck partially missing
Built 1908 by the Morava Construction Co.; rehabilitated 1980; closed to traffic ca. 1996
- Morava Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois
From north to south:
One pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
One pin-connected, 10-panel Camelback through truss
Length of largest span: 176.8 ft.
Total length: 312.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 9, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.90299, -93.30892   (decimal degrees)
33°54'11" N, 93°18'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/471439/3751442 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Okolona South
Inventory numbers
NRHP 90000536 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
AHTD 20103 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10262 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 16, 2011: New photo from Lisa Hyde
  • August 23, 2008: Updated history
  • September 26, 2005: Posted photo from Wayne Kizziar showing mural of bridge in Prescott



Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted September 8, 2015, by david (dcg [dot] 1380 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is still here and just fine in all its beauty! Didnt get any pictures like i wanted as it private property now so wanted to get in and out. No trespassing sing everywhere on north side of bridge. But still went down as i didnt drive 75 miles just to turn around. But its just fine and as beautiful as ever

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted July 20, 2015, by david (dcg [dot] 1380 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I sure hope this isnt true... i just posted on here a couple days ago about them making this a state park. I heard from a friend down there that the bridge is partially collapsed. Idk if they mean the appoach or the through trus or camel. Im going to try and get down there within the next couple weeks and get pictures..

state park
Posted July 16, 2015, by david (dcg [dot] 1380 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey guys. Heard some great news on the radio this morning. They are talking about turning old iron and the land around it into a state park. If youd like to donate im not sure were youd do it but contact nevada county and I'm sure they can help out. Hope this beautiful bridge is saved. :) cheers

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted January 4, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm thinking you are right about this just being an appearance due to the images being stitched together Don.

Although nothing's impossible, pins failing on the upper chord would be highly unusual. I would also think a failure of that nature would be catastrophic and cause the entire structure to buckle and collapse.

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted January 4, 2015, by Don Morrison

Location 33.903298, -93.309470 ?

You could be right, but I'm thinking the satellite pictures are just misaligned, giving the appearance of a break in the truss. The shadow of the structure seems to be in order. That happens with panorama/mosaic photos when stitched together.

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted January 3, 2015, by Gary Jones (mizzourt [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on satellite imagery from Google Maps on 1/3/2015, this bridge has partially collapsed. Links or pins at the top of the main camelback truss appear to have failed, leaving the truss split into two. Most of the plank floor has fallen away. The Pratt approach truss on the north bank appears to be intact.

To view the bridge in Google Maps, go to the intersection of I-30 and Arkansas 51. In “Earth” view, the old bridge is just west of the intersection. On the east bank, county road (CR) 479 matches up with CR 35 on the west bank. The collapsed bridge is clearly visible where those roads meet at the river.

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted October 16, 2011, by Lisa Hyde (lcsouthall [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I visited this bridge yesterday, 10/15/2011. I could not access it from Bunn Rd. because access was closed. The property was purchased by the owner of an outdoor adventure venue. I was able to access the southern approach by CR 35. The outdoor adventure venue offers a zip line ride that crosses the river near the bridge.

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted July 30, 2009, by donna mcbay (dji269 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

the summer of 2008

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge on Facebook
Posted July 29, 2009, by Kevin McKinnon (jonkevinmck [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just put a link to your information on the Nachitoch Bluff Bridge on our Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/theoldironbridge. I've included a few photos here taken on July 2, 2009.

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted June 27, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great pictures John!.....Bridgehunting at it's best!!

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted June 27, 2009, by John Cross (jcross [at] fortsmithhome [dot] com)

My girlfriend and I "toured" this bridge June 25th 2009. It is a great bridge, sad it was allowed to deteriorate. I have some suggestions for any that plan to visit this bridge. First come in from the north, then you have a choice to come in via "south" Burn Rd. CR479, or "north" Burn Rd. CR479. I did both in a jeep 4wd and I suggest you come in via the northern route. Beth and I came in from southern Burn Road, near I-30, we didn't get stuck, but covered the jeep in mud. The northern route is higher and drier. Just a tip. If you are a mudder do the southern Burn Road (after a rain). Great Bridge, lally columns and "partial" wood deck no name/date plates. Good hunting!

1st two photos are of the collapsed south approach, the 3rd photos is from the northern approach looking SW.

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted September 21, 2008, by Emily (ms_blondie87 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My husband & I visited this bridge today around 5:00 PM. This bridge deffinately has character. Although, the center is missing the bridge is still very much intact. Some boards were weaker than others but we walked as far as we could on the boards. Here are some photos of the North end.

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted October 27, 2007, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

I was looking through some of my files and came across some photos of the bridge when it was still open to traffic. The black and white shots are courtesy HABS/HAER ca. 1988. The color prints are courtesy of the Nevada County Museum.

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

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted April 19, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not-Fred must have a real name.

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted March 13, 2007, by Not-Fred

Posted by Not-Fred

Nachitoch Bluff Bridge
Posted March 1, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge at 4:00 pm on 19 November 2006. Much of the decking towards the middle of this bridge is missing and would be dangerous to attempt crossing. The west approach is significantly decayed and hanging at a 30 degree angle. Was able to get down in the river channel for photos from the gravel bar. Hunting leases exist on the road to the bridge.

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