Photo taken July 2004 and provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department
BH Photo #100295
When I was a teenager, in the late 1960s, we used to fly across this bridge in our cars late at night to the road on the other side. We crossed this thing with pickup trucks, hot rods, and believe it or not, the butane truck routinely crossed it delivering gas. It made a terrible racket when one crossed it, even then. When I look at it now, it scares me to death to think about crossing it with wild teenage boys, who sometimes had been drinking, and who were almost always driving too fast!
I use to live in Morrilton from 1979-1984. At that time, we were still allowed to walk across the old bridge. They use to keep the other side of the bridge mowed and there use to be plenty of picnic tables. I heard sometime in 1986, they blocked the entrance to the bridge and stopped mowing the other side.
Posted by Not-Fred
Updated photos. Revisted this bridge at 10:00 a.m. on 2 Mar 2007. Got on bridge from the south approach which has a chain & sign across it but no chainlink fence like the north approach. South approach is missing some planking and there are a few rotted holes but still seemed solid. The south appoach also slopes down towards the bridge at about a 10 deg. angle. No builders plate noted. Some grafitti on the main structure. A concrete picnic table without seat boards can be found on the south bank.
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Visited this bridge at sunset on 4 Feb '07 so the photos I took could be better with daylight conditions. It can be photographed from the modern bridge just 100 yds. downstream. Also can get photos from the upstream bank from some large rocks that allow you to get a good view. The approach is blocked with chain link fencing and there's plenty of overgrowth. Bridge is posted "Danger-No Tresspassing". I couldn't tell if the opposite approach was blocked off.
This bridge is pretty cool to look at. Anyone can walk up near it (although it is barred off) and take pictures.