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Lee Creek AR 220 Bridge


Main span

This photo provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department shows the main span in color

BH Photo #100355



Lost through truss over Lee Creek on AR 220
Crawford County, Arkansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built circa 1928, Replaced 1995
- Works Progress Administration
Main span: Pin-connected, 6-panel Pennsylvania through truss with a Camelback profile
Two approach spans: Rivet-connected, 9-panel Warren pony trusses
Length of largest span: 171.9 ft.
Total length: 374.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.70384, -94.32670   (decimal degrees)
35°42'14" N, 94°19'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/379978/3951911 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rudy NE
Inventory numbers
AHTD M2365 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 90000504 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10311 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Added approx build date
  • July 7, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Photo Added
  • December 7, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • December 6, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • February 19, 2005: Posted AHTD photo



Lee Creek AR 220 Bridge
Posted December 30, 2016, by Tony Anderson (scout2tony [at] gmail [dot] com)

In the sixties, my Scout troop (Troop 12, Cent. Presb. Ch., Ft. Smith) made an annual hike from this bridge to Devil's Den SP. We were told that this was part of the Butterfield Stage route. The reason I mention this is that, at that time, the west end of the truss was lying in the stream bed. We would scramble over the rocks with our packs, and sometimes bicycles, and climb the very steep roadway to begin our hike (or ride).

This is probably why the pony trusses were added, and why the new bridge was built. They surely knew that this, Hwy 220, the last unpaved state highway would be widened and paved in the future.

It's still a beautiful drive, but I'm going to miss the rocks and the low water bridge. Not the dust, though.

Lee Creek AR 220 Bridge
Posted November 27, 2016, by J Lance (bugo73 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The pony trusses were added sometime after 1965. They are described in AHTD's minute orders as "Army trusses".

Lee Creek AR 220 Bridge
Posted February 2, 2008, by Tony Benac (tlbenac [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I guess Gene and I ran in the same circles, but maybe at different times. This is also another old swimming hole of mine as a child. I too was shocked again when I saw the new very modern bridge replace this old very nastalgic bridge. Like Gene says, you have to drive 45 minutes on out of the way paved road to get here, then it turns to turn. The dirt road is an old back way in to Devil's Den State park. I also do not see the reasoning behind this change and loss of Arkansas and family history.

Lee Creek AR 220 Bridge
Posted November 10, 2007, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Just thought you might like to see a shot I took on this bridge in the late 1960's. Of course as a young man I was more interested in it being an interesting background for my photo of the girl.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.

Lee Creek AR 220 Bridge
Posted September 19, 2007, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I remember this bridge from the late 1960's. I really can't fathom why it was replaced. There is now this huge wide 2 lane concrete bridge there now, and just past it, the road reverts to a primitive dirt road. Surely the traffic out there does not warrant the expense of the new bridge that replaced the wonderful old bridge. Another rare unique bridge that can only be remembered in our minds and photographs.