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Catalpa Swinging Bridge

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Catalpa Swinging Bridge

photo from north bank looking downstream.

Photo taken by J Randall Houp, December 23, 2011

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Description 

Famous swinging foot bridge spanning the Mulberry River between Oark and Catalpa in northern Johnson County. Original bridge I was told was built in the 1930s or 1940s. Washed out several times through the years from numerous floods. Beautiful location and with a lot of great scenery around. Privately built bridge with sign attached that reads, "Use At Own Risk", and a small box for donations for the upkeep of the bridge. Well worth the visit with 2 really good country cafes nearby; The Ozark Cafe and the Catalpa Cafe. Found this bridge many years ago, but it took me until 2011 to finally get the photos I wanted.

Facts 

Overview
Suspension footbridge over Mulberry River
Location
Johnson County, Arkansas
Status
Destroyed by flooding
History
Washed out 2014
Design
Wire suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.68858, -93.53185   (decimal degrees)
35°41'19" N, 93°31'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/451877/3949538 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oark
Inventory number
BH 51325 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 18, 2012: Added by J Randall Houp

Sources 

  • J. Randall Houp

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Catalpa Swinging Bridge
Posted August 24, 2014, by Kimberly Schutzenhofer (KSchutzenh [at] aol [dot] com)

As of 8/22/14 the bridge is washed out. Made a trip from St. Louis just to see it and it was gone. They said it was washed out about a month before I made the trip. Disappointed but I met some really cool people in the little town.