J Randall Houp collection
This bridge was constructed in September-October 1905 by the Joliet Bridge and Iron Company of Joliet, Illinois at the cost of $3,200.00. Originally known as the Perkins Ford Bridge with a span of 118 feet with a 22 foot approach on the east side and 54 foot approach on the west end. This is the same bridge company that a year later would construct the Buttram Ford Bridge "Magazine #3" the following year in 1906. The Perkins Ford Bridge was originally built on the old Booneville-Waldron Road that would later become Arkansas Highway 23 in December of 1937. Bridge would become known as the Carolan Bridge because of the small unincorporated town 3 miles southwest of the bridge.
Dog-gone-it! Forgot to add some additional data. Will try to add to "essay" in a day or so. Carolan Bridge taken out in late 1982 and replaced with a "big cement ugly." Documented 20 page history completed. Copies to be mailed out to Robert Scoggins and others just as soon as published. Thanx!
Searching for old photographs of this bridge. I am writing a historical account of this bridge. Any old stories about this bridge appreciated.