Old Rock Bridge
This bridge crossed Salado Creek on the old road between Salado and Rosie. The old road was by-passed by a new highway and the old bridge collapsed in the late 1950s.
Photo courtesy of Vicki Garland.
BH Photo #272198
This and the related bridge are the only two in the area actually marked as bridges on the 1891 Batesville topo.
AN ACT to Restore a Certain Road to the State Highway System; and for Other Purposes.
WHEREAS, the State Highway Commission, in relocating State Highway 14 in Independence County between the towns of Salado and Rosie, abandoned the old route of said Highway between said towns, and
WHEREAS, there is located on the old route of said State Highway 14 between the towns of Salado and Rosie an old rock bridge over Salado Creek that is known to be the oldest bridge in the seven states surrounding Arkansas, and is believed to be one of the oldest bridges west of the Mississippi River, and
WHEREAS, such bridge was constructed in 1870 and was patterned after the Gothic architecture used on bridges over the Rhine river, and
WHEREAS, such bridge is in need of immediate repair in order to restore it as a tourist attraction and to preserve it as a historical landmark of this State, and
WHEREAS, the State Highway Commission was never authorized to abandon the road on which said bridge is located, NOW, THEREFORE
Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas:
SECTION 1. That the portion of old State Highway 14 in Independence County running from the town of Salado in a south easterly direction to and including the old stone bridge over Salado Creek, the same being a distance of approximately two (2) miles, be and the same is hereby made a part of the State Highway System, and the State Highway Commission shall provide for the maintenance and improvement of such road and bridge in the same manner as other roads and bridges on the State Highway System.
APPROVED: March 12, 1957.
Appears to be an old alignment of Hwy 14