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UP - Lee Creek Bridge

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Lee Creek Union Pacific Bridge 1907

View to the NW.

Photo taken by John Cross in December 2008

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BH Photo #132827

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Lee Creek on Union Pacific Railroad in (adjacent) Van Buren
Location
Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1907
Builder
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
Railroad
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
I believe the bridge has been at this location since it was built. The piers have been upgraged and new approach piers added/upgraded, probably most recently at the time of the creation of the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System on the AR River- in the mid to late 1960s. The Bridge sits near the mouth of Lee Creek where it empties into the Arkansas River.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.45117, -94.38240   (decimal degrees)
35°27'04" N, 94°22'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/374546/3923955 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fort Smith
Elevation
390 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 39051 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 18, 2012: New photo from John Cross
  • September 26, 2011: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • February 20, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Added category
  • February 2, 2009: Added by John Cross

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Comments 

Lee Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted May 18, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

There is a boat launch and "park" accessable from a road north from Main Street in Van Buren, at the west end of the street. You turn north and go until the road ends. The RR bridge is not visible from this boat launch, but if you walk a little ways further north, you will see it. The tracks parallel the road.

Lee Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted May 17, 2009, by Anonymous

How do you get to this bridge location? I mostly want to know how to get there to go for a little light water fun. If there is a bridge, there must be water under it. This one looks like a good location to have fun. Thanks.

Lee Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted February 20, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I don't know where the city limit of Van Buren is, so I cannot say it is "in" the town.

Lee Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted February 20, 2009, by Bill McGann (odolaas69 [at] netster [dot] com)

So, it's still IN the city then?

Lee Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted February 20, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Adjacent, means "next to", rather than being "IN" the city. While it may be in the city limits of the city of Van Buren, it is not in the "developed area" of the city, thus "adjacent" to it. There are no roads where this bridge is.

Lee Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted February 20, 2009, by Bill McGann (odolaas69 [at] netster [dot] com)

What's the difference between being IN Van Buren and adjacent? Map makes it look like it's IN, but someone changed back to adjacent?