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RI - DeValls Bluff Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in April 2012


BH Photo #231190


Street View 


Abandoned Baltimore through truss bridge over White River near DeValls Bluff
DeValls Bluff, Prairie County, Arkansas
Built 1923 ; Abandoned 1982
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- St. Louis Southwestern Railway (SSW)
Warren through truss
Also called
Rock Island Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.79467, -91.44504   (decimal degrees)
34°47'41" N, 91°26'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/642252/3851375 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
De Valls Bluff
Inventory number
BH 52311 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 22, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 30, 2012: Updated by David Backlin: Added category "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
  • April 30, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Chicago Rock Island & Pacific", "Railroad truss", "Railroad bridge"
  • April 30, 2012: Added by Ben Tate

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  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler


RI - DeValls Bluff Bridge
Posted June 23, 2016, by John Shirey (nsrathole [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The original bridge at this location was constructed in 1870, but the bridge here is a different structure. The original was a swing span on a center pier. A steamboat ran into a pier during the beginning of 1923 (while they were already in the process of trying to repair other damaged and leaning piers), and the Rock Island decided to replace the entire bridge. Design of a new structure was started in 1923, with the American Bridge Co and the Kansas City Bridge Co handling construction. The bridge is 2,671 ft long including approaches - the center span is 187 ft and is lifted vertically 55 ft. above the river. It was dedicated and placed in service on January 15, 1927. On a side note, the nearby Hwy 70 bridge of similar design was completed two years prior in Jan 1925.

DeValls Bluff Railroad Bridge
Posted May 2, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I uploaded a new version with minor improvements and corrections tonight. Sometime I intend to do a larger update and add even more content.

DeValls Bluff Railroad Bridge
Posted May 1, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks, Nathan. Those slides are very helpful.

DeValls Bluff Railroad Bridge
Posted May 1, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This looks to me that this might be one of those bridges that looks like a Baltimore but follows the Warren design.

That reminds me that I have some updates and corrections to make to those slides. I will work on that and post an announcement when the new ones are up.

DeValls Bluff Railroad Bridge
Posted April 30, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks. I changed it to a Baltimore truss. I'm still learning the different types. I need to spend more time looking over Nathan's Historic Bridges Crash Course slides. :)

DeValls Bluff Railroad Bridge
Posted April 30, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Two questions here: First, is this a Baltimore truss rather than Warren? Second, although the documentation on the old US 70 bridge downstream states the CRI&P built a bridge here in 1870, do the I-beams on this bridge look newer than that era?