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Carolan Bridge


Carolan Bridge

Originally known as the Perkins Ford Bridge or Perkins Bridge

J Randall Houp collection


BH Photo #225382


Brief History 

Written by; J Randall Houp

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.


Lost through truss bridge over Petit Jean River on Carolan Road (CR 11) southwest of Booneville
Logan County, Arkansas
No longer exists
Pratt through truss
Also called
Perkins Ford Bridge
Perkins Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.11647, -93.93773   (decimal degrees)
35°06'59" N, 93°56'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/414550/3886361 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Golden City
Inventory number
BH 10426 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arkansas (1,714)
Logan County, Arkansas (75)
Lost (22,250)
Owned by county (20,051)
Petit Jean River (12)
Pratt through truss (5,004)
Pratt truss (8,739)
Through truss (14,035)
Truss (31,223)

Update Log 

  • February 14, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp


  • J. Randall Houp


Carolan Bridge
Posted January 19, 2014, by Charles Bowden (charliesmail101 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great find.

Carolan Bridge a.k.a. Perkins Birdge
Posted February 14, 2012, by J. Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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!

Carolan Bridge
Posted July 1, 2008, by Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Searching for old photographs of this bridge. I am writing a historical account of this bridge. Any old stories about this bridge appreciated.