Old and new
The caption on this photo from 1924 says, "The New and the Old on a Federal Aid Project North of Morrilton in Conway County
Photos provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department
BH Photo #100309
The person who had the wreck on the bridge was my Uncle Ralph Carroll from Center Ridge and was coming back from a date with Marlene Duvall from Hattieville. He did survive. He and Marlene married and had two little girls. He died at age 32 from complications resulting from that wreck.
This looks like the bridge on Highway 95 over the East Fork of Point Remove just below the Fryer Ford Bridge which still exists (see other Conway County bridges). I drove across this bridge many times, even before Highway 95 was paved.
I wonder if the photo shows two different bridge structures or whether two photos of the same bridge before and after improvements were stitched together.
Not too long before that bridge was replaced with a modern concrete slab a driver ran into the angle irons along the bridge approach and one pierced the dash and went through him and into the back of the car seat. He survived although the report said that he suffered a lot of pain as the angle iron was being cut in two to allow his removal from the car.
I believe this could the bridge that spanned Point Remove Creek over Hwy 95. The hill in the back of the photo isn't at the Overcup location, but there is a hill at Point Remove.