Photo taken by Fred Garcia
BH Photo #202799
I have been floating most all of the Caddo rivers sections over the last forty years to present and this swinging bridge is one of my favorite landmarks. I have a picture I made of a lady-friend out on the bridge as we both crossed it one winter day in 1979, a nice view of the mountains in the distance, and even the old low-water concrete bridge is visible below. Since that time, the last decking job done on the bridge has gone away with the exception of a few boards... The old concrete bridge below was washed out in May of 1990 when the Hot Springs-Norman area experienced almost a foot of rainfall in the course of one night. Two more bridges like this one also washed out that night, one at 'The Narrows', and one at Amity.
I am amazed this swinging bridge is still standing, although not in the best of shape at this time. I have a photo of my Dad and I when I was a youngster standing on that bridge, and it was mighty "scary" back then!! I will try to upload it at a later time.
Does anyone know what Caddo Gap looks like after the tragic flood that hit the Albert Pike Campgrounds? I still have some of my Dad's family who live there. I have been reading about it on the news sites and they said they were letting residents of town return I believe. What a horrible thing to happen!! I am praying for the families of both the victims and the survivors...Brenda Moran Shultz, Marion, IN
My daughter and I visited & photographed this bridge on April 4, 2009. The poles, anchors, and cable are all in excellent condition. If a new wood floor was put in it could be easily used again. Fun, beautiful place to visit. Yes, I did try to get on it, but unfortunately I am not in my 20s anymore! "Ghostbridgehunter"
I think The Flying Wallendas would have a tough time walking across this bridge.
Fred: Well what do you know? You finally found a bridge I am not going to be able to walk across. Will have to see what I can do when I get there within the next month or so. Thanx for the find!
Visited this cable suspension bridge on 28 Feb '09. It can be found by taking Manfred Road out of the town of Caddo Gap. Utility-type treated pine poles make up the towers on which the cables are slumped over on steel crossbeams. Bridge length is approx 125 feet between towers, and there is an additional 50 feet approach on each end. Cables are anchored to below-ground concrete ballast blocks. The majority of the walking tread (slats) are missing on the main span, and totally absent on the approaches. At it's lowest point, the lower cables are approx. 25 feet above the river surface. Square mesh hog wire was used between the upper (handrail) and lower (tread) cables to prevent fall-through. Caddo River had adequate flow for a decent float trip without scraping. The remnants of the old low-water bridge are present next to the towers of the swinging bridge. A nice city park is adjacent to the bridge on the west bank. A concrete road bridge is approx 100 yards downstream. This is one of the highest/longest swinging bridges I've seen in AR, except for the one at Calico Rock on Calico Creek which has naturally high banks for anchoring.
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