Antoine Railroad Bridge
I have known of this bridge since the eighties. Back then you could drive down to it on the old gravel pit road. I tried to get back to it around 1998 when the bridge/photography bug bit and found the road had been gated and posted. In the 80's and 90's the rail line was still active. Now it is abandoned with the rails pulled up in places. The road to drive in by the gravel pit is still gated but I managed to walk about two miles down the old rail grade from where it crosses AR 301. The bridge crosses the Antoine river in Arkansas which is also the boundary line between Pike and Clark Counties.
Photo taken by Wayne Kizziar in July 2010
Written by J Randall Houp
This bridge, built circa 1902, was originally on the Southwestern Arkansas & Indian Territory Railroad that traveled at that time from Smithton, Arkansas, (just north of Gurdon), west, northwest to its terminus at the thriving lumber town of Pike City, in eastern Pike County. It replaced a long wooden trestle at this location that had been built in 1896. This old railroad bridge is special because it is one of the few left in Arkansas that still sits on its original steel-cylinder piers. Unfortunately, a bridge plaque was not found that would give a more detailed history of the bridge. Just east of this bridge is Pike Junction where in 1905 the Gurdon & Fort Smith Railroad was built from that point up to what at that time was Womble, Arkansas in Montgomery County, Arkansas. At a later date, the whole railroad was taken over by the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the section west from Pike Junction became known as the "Pike City run". When service was discontinued to Pike City the railroad operated only to Delight and became known as the "Delight Division" of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In later years the "Delight Division" was discontinued and the rails were taken up to just east of this bridge in Antoine, Arkansas. Currently, 5 hopper cars block the end of the rails about a mile east of this bridge. The whole railroad is scheduled to be removed this year leaving only the trestles & bridges and a 100 wide corrider for a "possible" future railroad or even a hiking trail. A lot of timber, asphalt, and gravel has traversed over this old bridge. More Arkansas history gone.
- Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Antoine River on disused section of Arkansas Midland Rail Line
- Antoine, Pike County, Arkansas, and Clark County, Arkansas
- Pratt through truss
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +34.03464, -93.41381 (decimal degrees)
34°02'05" N, 93°24'50" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/461800/3766074 (zone/easting/northing)
- USGS topographic map
- Inventory number
- BH 45829 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
- March 9, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Lally columns", "Pin-connected", "Wooden deck"
- March 9, 2012: New photos from J Randall Houp
- February 23, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp
- December 2, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Added GPS
- August 7, 2010: Added by Wayne Kizziar