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Petit Jean River Bridge


Petit Jean River Bridge Highway 23

Photo looking downstream (east) showing main span across river.

Photo taken by J. Randall Houp in February 2012


BH Photo #225594


Street View 


Uninteresting Concrete Everywhere Bridge


Steel stringer bridge over Petit Jean River on Sh 23
Logan County, Arkansas
Open to traffic
Built 1961
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 91.9 ft.
Total length: 336.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Also called
Booneville Sanatorium Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.10708, -93.92376   (decimal degrees)
35°06'25" N, 93°55'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/415813/3885308 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Golden City
Land survey
T. 5 N., R. 27 W., Sec. 18
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 671 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 51273 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 60.8 (out of 100)
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Arkansas (1,714)
Beam (14,364)
Built 1961 (215)
Built during 1960s (1,909)
Have street view (25,400)
Logan County, Arkansas (75)
Open (38,203)
Owned by state (15,115)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,176)
Steel stringer (5,614)
Total length 250-500 feet (4,884)

Update Log 

  • February 20, 2012: New photos from J. Randall Houp
  • February 12, 2012: Added by Clark Vance

Related Bridges 


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • J. Randall Houp


Petit Jean River Bridge
Posted February 13, 2012, by J. Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Good question. This was the only bridge of this design that I know of near Booneville. Like I earlier mentioned, there were several of these on Arkansas 22, east to west, in Logan County. Al of them dated late 1920s. Even more of them stretched out to Fort Smith to the wast and Dardanelle to the east. It was a popular & practical design and very strong. Unfortunately, at later dates the bridges were not considered wide enough for modern, more heavy traffic. Still a great bridge for back roads, county roads, farm roads, you name it. Very few of these old bridges on Ark. 22 have photographs that exist. Its a shame and a waste. Arkansas Highway Department would have a lot more information than I've got on this. Every one of these bridges had a different length, but the measuremnts don't match up with what is still being used. YIKES!

Petit Jean River Bridge
Posted February 13, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

So, the question remains: what might Mr. Bowden be recalling?

Since the bridge at this location was removed prior to his birth, based on the reported date on the current bridge and the NBI information, he must be remembering another polygonal Warren from somewhere nearby.

Were there other bridges of this type nearby, where were they, and what became of them?

Short Mountain Creek was the only similar truss in the NIB for this county. Were there others in the '60s, since scrapped or relocated prior to 1990?

Petit Jean River Bridge
Posted February 13, 2012, by J. Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great job Clark! This easily solves the "ghost bridge" theory. Hard to deny or "refute" something set in stone. I live just 2 miles from the bridge and your right, its not much to look at. When they took the pony out in 1960 it took away all the beauty and personality of this location. This bridge was still in good condition and I wonder if at that time it found a new home. Appreciate the assistance.