General View Of Pennsylvania Truss Bridge From Roadbed, Looking Northwest
Photo taken July 1988 by Louise T. Taft for the Historic American Engineering Record
View photos at Library of Congress
BH Photo #129676
My grandfather lived in Garland City in the 1980s - 1990s. I have fond memories of traveling over the big blue bridge en route to and from visiting him.
At a truck stop/restaurant on the north side of US82, I remember seeing a photograph of the bridge with the center span in the water. can't speak for the veracity of the following, but I was told that a ferry operator at that location had objected to the free bridge (no toll) being built because it killed his business, and that he was responsible for the crime.
I also remember my grandfather telling me that the bridge was essentially tied together with steel cables by the mid-1980s because of structural deterioration. It's only hearsay, of course, but it was common gossip in the town during that period.
I'm sad that this icon of my childhood is gone. From the generic highway bridge that replaced it upstream, I guess it's true what they say: They don't make 'em like they used to.
THIS WILL BE OF INTEREST TO MANY PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!
I FOUND IN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, LIBARY OF CONGRESS.
THE CENTER SPAN OF THIS BRIDGE WAS BLASTED AND DROPPED INTO THE RIVER BY PERSON OR PERSON'S UNKNOWN. THE BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED BUT NOT ACCEPTED BY THE STATE AS COMPLETED AT THE TIME OF DISTRUCTION.
MY GRAND FATHER, KANSAS CITY BRIDGE SUPERINTENDENT, STATED FOR THE REPORT, HE THOUGHT TWO (2) CONTAINERS OF NITRO GLIS. WERE USED TO BLOW THE TOP OF EACH PIER TO CAUSE THE CENTER SPAN TO COLLAPSE.
THERE WERE NAMES BROUGHT UP AS WHO WOULD HAVE DONE THIS, BUT NO ONE WAS EVER CHARGED.
KANSAS CITY BRIDGE REPAIRED THE TOP OF THE TWO (2) PIERS AND REPLACED THE NEW CENTER STRUCTURE.
I THOUGHT PEOPLE MIGHT FIND IT INTERESTING TO SEE PHOTOS OF MY GRAND FATHER, IRA EDWIN HAYES, KANSAS CITY BRIDGE SUPERINTENDENT FOR THIS PROJECT. HIS IS PHOTO # 1
MY FATHER, ATWILL REED HUTCHINGS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER ON THIS BRIDGE. HIS IS PHOTO # 2.
Hello Todd, yes unfortunately they did replace it with a UCEB.
I wonder of the new bridge replacing this one is the "usual" UCEB.....
I THOUGHT, THIS WOULD BE OF INTEREST.
MY GRAND FATHER, IRA EDWIN HAYES WAS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF CONSTRUCTION ON THIS BRIDGE. MY MOTHER GRACE MARIE HAYES, HIS DAUGTHER, WAS THE BOOKKEEPER. MY FATHER, ATWILL REED HUTCHINGS, BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A LABORER ON THIS BRIDGE. HE WORKED HIS WAY UP TO SUPERINTENDENT OVER THE YEARS.
HE AND MY MOTHER MET HERE AND WERE MARRIED IN 1931.
I remember crossing this bridge as a child, just a few months before it was demolished. My father told me that it was very tricky crossing this bridge in an 18-wheeler, especially when meeting another 18-wheeler head-on going the opposite direction. This bridge was definitely a historical landmark, too bad that it's not still standing.
I very well remember this bridge, since I was a small child. Going to and from Texarkana, we use to cross this bridge. The steel trusses were silver when I was small. Later they painted it orange then blue, until it was closed till demolition. This bridge had some very fnd memories. We even crossed it going toward Mena. We had to go through Texarkana, because it was a better highway. I remember at Lewisville we crossed over the railroad tracks, before approaching the bridge. I wish that this bridge was still standing. It definately was a historical landmark.