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MoPac - Benzel Bridge

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Benzel Railroad Bridge

Photo taken on south bank of White River looking downstream. West side of bridge.

Photo taken by J. Randall Houp in August 30, 2008

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BH Photo #225479

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Brief Essay: 

Written by J Randall Houp

See Yancopin Railroad Bridge Essay. The Benzel Bridge in time will be rehabilatated for use as part of the new Arkansas State Park, THE DELTA HERITAGE HIKING TRAIL. It will be 72 miles hiking trail running from Phillips County, through Arkansas County, and end in Desha County. Middle span being left in an locked up position for the time being to allow for river traffic. Several old houseboats appear to be abandoned along the shoreline. This is the last bridge across the White River before it hits the Mississippi River. Formerly built by the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. Railroad still intact going south from Snow Lake, Arkansas in northern Desha County. All rails have been removed from Snow Lake north toward Lexa, Arkansas in Phillips County.

Facts 

Overview
Vertical lift through truss bridge over White River on Railroad
Location
Desha County, Arkansas, and Arkansas County, Arkansas
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1903
Railroads
- Memphis, Helena & Louisiana Railway (MH&L)
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP; MoPac)
- St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway (StLIM&S)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Through truss with lift truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.99912, -91.15975   (decimal degrees)
33°59'57" N, 91°09'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/669956/3763585 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Yancopin
Inventory number
BH 51323 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Memphis, Helena & Louisiana Railway", "St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad", "Missouri Pacific Railroad", "Union Pacific Railroad"
  • February 21, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 18, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp

Sources 

  • J. Randall Houp
  • Douglas Butler