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West Fork Cedar Creek Bridge

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West Fork Cedar Creek Bridge

Photo looking west (upstream)

Photo taken by J Randall Houp, June 21,2006

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BH Photo #225496

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Brief History: 

Written by J Randall Houp

This is no doubt, a mystery bridge in itself. It is or was located 2 miles east of the Cedarville Post Office next to the Mill Pond Road just before its confluence with the East Fork Cedar Creek. A popular swimming area. No records found at Crawford County Courthouse, which allows me to speculate it was county built, but never recorded properly. Old timers remember crossing on this bridge when it was a pass thru-truss. All that remains today are at least 5 piers and possibly a 6th in heavy brush. The only thing that remains of the bridge are a few old main beams or verticals over the old piers; indicating at a possible later date being used as a foot bridge?? Steel is stamped, "CARNIGIE". What does make this piece bridge so special is the implanted grist mill stone in one of the north piers. Beautiful!
Research has determined that Cornelius Warren Neal was a merchant & postmaster in Cedarville, Arkansas and also had a grist mill. Not confirmed, but this grist mill wheel possibly could be from the Neal Grist Mill. Finding a descendant would be great and answer a lot of questions. Comments, hints, & clues appreciated! IMPORTANT NOTE: Hard to get the exact location of old bridge. GPS given may not be exact.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over West Fork Cedar Creek
Location
Crawford County, Arkansas
Status
Abandoned
Design
Steel stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.55139, -94.34010   (decimal degrees)
35°33'05" N, 94°20'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/378535/3935019 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rudy
Inventory number
BH 51328 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

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Abandoned (3,319)
Arkansas (1,709)
Beam (14,194)
Crawford County, Arkansas (81)
Steel stringer (5,537)

Update Log 

  • April 8, 2018: New photos from Jay Bissell
  • February 21, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Lost"
  • February 18, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp

Sources 

  • J. Randall Houp

Comments 

West Fork Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted March 27, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Burr stone implanted into the pier is a nice touch!

West Fork Cedar Creek Bridge
Posted March 27, 2019, by Wade Rogers (vbpd435 [at] cox [dot] net)

My uncle Leonard Rogers lived across the road from this bridge when I was little in the 60's. I remember crossing this bridge to get to a Hay field. It was pretty scary then. Boards missing etc. I will ask my mother about the mill.