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AM - Frog Bayou Bridge (Mountainburg)

Photos 

1898 Frisco Bridge in Mountainburg, Arkansas

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in March 2009

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BH Photo #136321

Map 

Essay 

Written by Gene McCluney

This bridge has a builders plate that gives a build date of 1898. The Frisco was certainly operating through this route in 1898, however the piers have an inscribed date of 1928. The question is whether this bridge was moved here from another location in 1928, or if the concrete piers were built to upgrade and reuse the bridge that was already here. With a build date of 1898, this would make this the oldest truss bridge in Crawford county still open.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Frog Bayou on Arkansas and Missouri Railroad in Mountainburg
Location
Mountainburg, Crawford County, Arkansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in 1898, originally Frisco railroad, now Arkansas and Missouri
Builder
- A.J. Tullock of Leavenworth, Kansas (Civil Engineer and Contractor)
Railroads
- Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (AM)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Design
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Also called
Frisco - Frog Bayou Bridge (Mountainburg)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.64778, -94.16477   (decimal degrees)
35°38'52" N, 94°09'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/394554/3945508 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mountainburg
Inventory number
BH 42178 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 2, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added railroad
  • March 4, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added location
  • April 1, 2009: Updated by John Cross
  • April 1, 2009: Essay added by Gene McCluney

Sources 

  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • John Cross - jcross [at] cross-photography [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke