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1st Petit Jean Bridge (at Magazine)

Photos 

1st bridge

Looking north from the hill south of the bridge as new bridge construction starts 1981

Photo contributed by Jamie Mott

BH Photo #217649

Map 

Brief history: 

Written by J Randall Houp

In early Logan County Court records, the bridge was called the, ESTEP FORD BRIDGE, because of an early settler by the name of Frank A. Estep, who owned the land in that specific area. At first, the County Court in 1907 agreed to move the Thomas Road Bridge,(Kilburn Bridge), and have it reassembled at Estep Ford. At the last minute the Illinois Steel Bridge Co., of Jacksonville, Illinois, persuaded the County Court to build a new bridge in 1909, a 1/2 mile south of Magazine, Arkansas. Bridge was completed in March 1909 at the cost of; $2500.00. The road and the bridge became part of the Arkansas Highway system in 1973. Complete history to be written when time allows.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Petit Jean River on AR 109 just south of Magazine
Location
Magazine, Logan County, Arkansas
Status
Demolished to make way for upgrade of hwy. 109
History
Built 1909, Demolished 1982
Builder
- Illinois Steel Bridge Co. of Jacksonville, Illinois
Design
Pratt through truss
Also called
Estep Ford Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.13786, -93.80476   (decimal degrees)
35°08'16" N, 93°48'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/426686/3888627 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Magazine
Inventory number
BH 10433 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 19, 2014: New photo from Charles Bowden
  • February 21, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp
  • November 29, 2011: New photo from Charles Bowden
  • October 16, 2011: New photo from Charles Bowden
  • October 9, 2011: New photo from Charles Bowden

Sources 

  • Charles Bowden - charliesmail101 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J. Randall Houp

Comments 

1st Bridge (at Magazine)
Posted February 10, 2012, by Anonymous

pLEASE cHECK yOUR cAPS lOCK kEY

1st Bridge (at Magazine)
Posted February 10, 2012, by J. Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Charles: You are correct on the old photograph. I have had it in my collection for a while along with others waiting to put in my history on this bridge. Just finished a 20 page history on the CAROLAN BRIDGE and hope to write this one soon. This was originally called the "ESTEP FORD BRIDGE", named after the original land owner at that ford. When the original town of Mazazine was moved south to where the railroad was constructed in 1899, F. A.Estep donated part of his land to the City of Mazazine. Bridge built in 1909 by the Ilinois Steel Bridge Company. ALL THIS IS DOCUMENTED. Bridge histories available at Booneville Public Library.

The 1st Bridge (at Magazine)
Posted November 29, 2011, by Charles Bowden (charliesmail101 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Have determined that long ago black and white photo was indeed taken at the south portal of this bridge and have added it here.

The 1st Bridge (at Magazine)
Posted November 2, 2011, by Charles Bowden (charliesmail101 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I currently have 1 more Magazine bridge photo to post, it is from the deck looking out a portal. It looks to be from 100 years ago or more and is not labeled. At this time i have not been able to discern if it is the 1st bridge or Kilburn bridge but will try to determine soon and post it here.

The 1st Bridge (at Magazine)
Posted November 2, 2011, by Charles Bowden (charliesmail101 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In photo #1 with the timber removed from hillside the roadbed and original immediate left from south portal can be seen.

Magazine First Bridge
Posted October 9, 2011, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

Thanks. Anxious to see them. Someone else seemed interested in this, but never followed thru on any update.

Magazine First Bridge
Posted October 9, 2011, by Charles Bowden (charliesmail101 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am hoping soon to have some photos of this bridge posted courtesy of Norris Westmorland and Jamie Mott.

Magazine First Bridge
Posted August 4, 2007, by Randall Houp (GHOSTBRIDGEHUNTER [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I'm doing extentive research and gathering old photographs of all Logan County Steel Truss Bridges. Does anyone have any old photographs of ANY of the Petit Jean River Bridges? Also searching for any historical data and fascinating old stories pertaining to these bridges. Please contact:

THANX,

GHOSTBRIDGEHUNTER

Magazine First Bridge
Posted August 4, 2007, by Randall Houp (GHOSTBRIDGEHUNTER [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Does anyone out there in "Bridge Land" have any photographs of this old bridge? I'm currently doing research on Logan County Bridges and would be happy to receive any old photographs and stories of interest. Please contact:

THANX,

GHOSTBRIDGEHUNTER

Magazine First Bridge
Posted June 25, 2006, by charles bowden (mtmn96 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

no photos of this lost beauty, all i can do is leave a story or two. my father told me a few weeks ago something i never knew. in my life - at the southern portal of this bridge, the road began ascending up & over Potts ridge where the road had been cut through the hillside. but that was not always the case. from the bridges construction until the 1950's the road originally made an immdeiate left turn exiting the south portal and going along the ridge east to the gap in the ridge at billy goat bluff. my father on horseback with some other cow hands drove cattle across this old pratt through truss wooden deck bridge at times. the north approach to this bridge cruved about 5 degrees to the east, and sadly on new years 1950, a Mr. Adair was killed when his car plunged through the railing on the approach.