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LRWN - Ledwidge Bridge.

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LR&WN Railroad Bridge

Photo showing south side of bridge and the Arkansas River in the upper right hand corner.

Photo taken by J. Randall Houp in February 2014

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BH Photo #275230

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Description 

Plaque on larger span reads, "American Bridge Company, 1941" 2 plaques found on smaller span that read. "American Bridge Company 1912" and "Vierling Steel Works, Chicago,1950".

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Unnamed Creek on Little Rock & Western Railroad
Location
Perry County, Arkansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Larger span built 1912. Shorter span built1940, & 1950
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (1912 & 1940)
- Vierling Steel Works of Chicago, Illinois (1950)
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad (CO&G)
- Little Rock & Western Railway (LRWN)
Design
2 Deck plate girders.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.96094, -92.57282   (decimal degrees)
34°57'39" N, 92°34'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/538999/3868794 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fourche
Inventory number
BH 59833 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 20, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Copied info from description to builder's section
  • February 20, 2014: Added by J. Randall Houp

Sources 

  • J. Randall Houp
  • Luke

Comments 

LR&WN Ledwidge Railroad Bridge.
Posted February 20, 2014, by J. Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This was not an easy bridge to get to. Land is being bought up and access is difficult due to several roads now sitting on private property. I had to climb down a steep bluff line to get to the bridge. A 4WD is highly recommended or possibly a boat trip on that section of the Arkansas River. Remote area is gorgeous and sits next to the Arkansas River. Ledwidge, Perry County, Arkansas, is now a ghost-town but until a serious flood in the 1950s was a thriving town that included a train depot, general store, post office, and school house, etc.. From the dates found on the 2 girders there is no doubt that an earlier bridge or trestle sat at this location. Sitting just to the east side of this bridge is a fascinating railroad cut-out. Please use common sense and be extremely alert when visiting this area.