Historic photos provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department
BH Photo #100751
The covered bridge was built in 1879 according to the Arkansas Hwy Dept and early Ouachita County historian Mrs. Dora Sifford. There had been a pre-Civil War bridge near the site, but it was NOT a covered bridge. The sign indicating that the bridge was "built about 1860" is inaccurate. See Ouachita County Historical Quarterly, summer 2015.
I have located an original copy of this bridge in a 1995 book about the Dean family. it was Charles Augustus Dean, John Thomas Ross and Charles R. Barham; that built this bridge. The bridge was build starting in Oct., 1860 and torn down 79 years later which would be abt. 1939. Are you interested in seeing a copy of this picture of the bridge. It is the same as the pic you have facing the bridge (as if you were going to go through the bridge), but the sign on the bridge is different. Ths sign has two words on it, but is damaged and I cannot make out the two words. Please advise.