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Millard Crossing Bridge

Photos 

veiw upstream from the east

Photo taken by Charles Bowden

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BH Photo #113342

Map 

Essay 

Written by Charles Bowden

This bridge is located in the Ozark National Forest on road 1601, 5 miles east of AR 309 on Magazine Mountain. A few yards upstream from the bridge on Shoal Creek there is a natural stone crossing. The old road going up the mountain from Paris crossed the creek here, and it converged here with the roads coming from Dardanelle and Havana. In the late 1800's and early 1900's this crossing was the site of the town of Millard. The town had a post office, hotel, grist mill, store and blacksmith shop however nothing remains today but the stone crossing.

Facts 

Overview
Timber stringer bridge over Shoal Creek on Forest Service road #1601
Location
Logan County, Arkansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
This bridge crosses Shoal Creek on north east side of Magazine mountain at the former town of Millard
Design
Timber stringer
Dimensions
Span length: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 87.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.19583, -93.54389   (decimal degrees)
35°11'45" N, 93°32'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/450487/3894896 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Magazine Mountain NE
Elevation
900 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
AHTD 21284 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 36434 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 85.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1982)
30

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2009: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • March 28, 2008: Essay added by Charles Bowden

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Comments 

Millard Crossing Bridge
Posted October 17, 2008, by james crabil (jcrabil [at] centurytel [dot] net)

Some facts about the bridge I have come across. At the time of it's construction it was allegedly the longest timber bridge in the state. Also the length was designed based on the maximum length of wood that could fit in the Thompson Products kiln at nearby Russellville.