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RI - Briar Creek Bridge

Photos 

View South From Hwy 10

Bridge approaches reworked for farm adaptation

Photo taken by Fredrick Garcia

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BH Photo #177606

Map 

Description 

Bridge on private farm. No public access noted. About 1/4 mile off (south) of Hwy 10. No water visible in this branch of Ashley/Briar Creek. Appears to have been actively worked for farm adaptation. The track was removed following the bankruptcy of the CRI&P RR in the early 1980's.

Brief note: 

Written by J Randall Houp

I was able to visit the Briar Creek Railroad Bridge before they cleaned it up and got some photographs of which I have included. Plaque on bridge reads, "American Bridge Company, 1926. Also stamped in the cement piers was the date, "1926". Most likely a second bridge due the fact the railroad was running in the very early 1900's through the area. First train arrived in Booneville in 1899.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Branch of Ashley Creek on Rock Island Railroad (abandoned)
Location
Blue Mountain, Logan County, Arkansas
Status
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Available for reuse
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad (CO&G)
Design
Bridge view from Hwy 10 - appears to be steel beam trestle on concrete pier & abutments. Guardrail on one side original to bridge.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.13212, -93.71857   (decimal degrees)
35°07'56" N, 93°43'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/434534/3887930 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blue Mountain
Elevation
500 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 46185 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 27, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Rail-to-trail"
  • February 24, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp
  • December 14, 2010: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Name changed, Description updated
  • September 15, 2010: Added by Fredrick Garcia

Sources 

  • Fred Garcia
  • Brian Parkinson - railstoruin [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J. Randall Houp

Comments 

Ashley Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted September 22, 2010, by Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hey Fred!! Please make a correction of this. This is the BRIAR CREEK RAILROAD BRIDGE, not the Ashley Creek RR Bridge. The Ashley Creek RR Bridge was located just east of here and only the piers remain.