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Prim Bridge

Photos 

It's there, can you see it? You can estimate how long it has been abandoned by the size of the big tree to the left of the bridge in the original roadway.

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in December 2007

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BH Photo #130508

Map 

Description 

This is a bridge you will probably never see. It lies deep within private property.

Bridge Discovery 

Written by Gene McCluney

It is always exciting to "find" a bridge that is unknown, and not listed on any documentation available to me. The way I got to see and photograph this bridge is through a meeting of a group of bridge enthusiasts who organized an outing specifically to view this bridge. The bridge sits in the middle of private leased property, and permission from the owner had to be acquired, and a representative had to unlock a gate and let us in a few miles back from where the bridge actually sits.

Arriving on site, it was still not too clear if a bridge was there. See the first photo. However walking closer it was obvious that this was a "big" bridge, of some significance at some point in history. Due to high water and flooding at some time in the past it has fallen off it piers, so it lists to one side. Due to the overgrowth and dark rainy day it was difficult to get really good photos, but I went ahead anyway because I may never get the chance to view this bridge again.

Looking at current maps, I still can't figure out why this bridge exists. It must have been a major route northeast out of Atkins at one time, yet I can't figure out to where. The road just ends on the northeast side of the bridge. I can find no connecting road, but I suppose if I were to look at vintage maps it might become clear.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over West Fork Point Remove Creek on private stretch of Talley Road.
Location
Pope County, Arkansas
Status
Abandoned
Design
Pratt through truss
Also called
West Fork Point Remove Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.28150, -92.86271   (decimal degrees)
35°16'53" N, 92°51'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/512484/3904269 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hattieville
Land survey
T. 7 N., R. 18 W., Sec. 1
Elevation
304 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 38388 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Abandoned (3,315)
Arkansas (1,708)
Owned privately (1,494)
Pope County, Arkansas (33)
Pratt through truss (4,932)
Pratt truss (8,623)
Through truss (13,903)
Truss (31,038)

Update Log 

  • November 28, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Added approx GPS coordinates
  • December 16, 2008: Essay added by Gene McCluney

Sources 

Comments 

Prim Bridge
Posted April 15, 2016, by Thomas Rickman (wtrickman [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to this 1889 topo map, you can see a road that goes out to where the Prim Bridge is - but even back then, the road still didn't go anywhere once it crossed Point Remove Creek. Weird. I'm doing some research on stage routes in the area, and I don't believe this was one, but I could be wrong. FWIW, the road you see paralleling the railroad track south of Atkins is the Butterfield Overland trail.

Prim Bridge
Posted March 29, 2015, by RW (omrewi [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The black and white photos make it somewhat difficult to see the details of these photos and this beautiful bridge. Are there any color photos available to post of this?

West Fork Point Remove Creek Bridge
Posted September 25, 2011, by Nathan

I recently saw an old map of Atkins and it was dated June 1967. According to that map, the road ended just past the bridge. It would be interesting to know when it was closed and to where the road lead to.

West Fork Point Remove Creek Bridge
Posted January 7, 2010, by Nathan

I was able to speak with a gentleman about this bridge. In deed, it is called "Prim Bridge" and it does in fact pre-date Hwy 247. He said they never really closed the bridge. They just stopped maintaining it and locals quit driving on it when they deemed it unsafe to drive on. From that point, people were just walking on it.

He also went on to mention that after they quit driving over the bridge, lots of vandalism was going on. People were stealing the iron off the bridge and people also set the bridge on fire.

West Fork Point Remove Creek Bridge
Posted November 2, 2009, by Terry (zecatfish (at) gmail (dot) com)

Ok this old Bridge is actually Prim Bridge.

Its on the USGS Topo maps from 30 or so years ago.

If I had to guess, I'd say it predates Hwy 247 and could've been an old mail route, much like Springfield Road ran from Searcy to Springfield and the stage Route went west from there to Fort Smith Arkansas. I would venture Prim Bridge was the old Stage Route.

I've attached a jpg of the old road and the named bridge. It wasn;t easy to find at first but there was just enough clues.

West Fork Point Remove Creek Bridge
Posted December 16, 2008, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Just a comment about bridges on Private Property. You should always get permission to cross private property to view or photograph a bridge. We always do. Always be good citizens and don't trespass.