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De Valls Bluff Bridge

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Photo taken by J Lance in 1997

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BH Photo #141821

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Street View 

Description 

Private toll bridge sold to ATHD in 1930

Facts 

Overview
Lost vertical-lift through truss bridge over White River on US 70 at De Valls Bluff
Location
Prairie County, Arkansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1924; new approaches added 1931; repaired in 1972 and 1988; replaced 2002
Builders
- Harrington, Howard & Ash of Kansas City, Kansas & New York, New York
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
- Peterson & Earnhart
- White River Bridge Co.
Design
Vertical lift Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 204.0 ft.
Total length: 1,657.7 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.8 ft.
Also called
White River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.79063, -91.44580   (decimal degrees)
34°47'26" N, 91°26'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/642189/3850925 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
De Valls Bluff
Inventory numbers
NRHP 90000514 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
AHTD 1531 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10526 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 30, 2012: Updated by David Backlin: Added builder
  • August 12, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • June 25, 2009: New photo from J Lance
  • December 6, 2008: New photos from James Baughn

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • HAER AR-21 - White River Bridge
  • J Lance - bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Douglas Butler
  • AHTD Bridge Record

Comments 

De Valls Bluff Bridge
Posted April 30, 2012, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

History of the DeValls Bluff Bridge (from AHTD): http://tinyurl.com/devalls-bluff

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

The bridge to the north of the new highway bridge shows as a crossing of the CRI&P on the 1968 quad. The rail may have been out of use for 30 years, partly removed, and thus hard to see in the photos.

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

I deleted the street view that showed the abandoned bridge on this page. Also, I created a new page for the abandoned bridge. I don't know anything about it, so if anybody else does, feel free to add some insight. I added some photos I took a few weeks ago. Here's the link to the page:

http://bridgehunter.com/ar/prairie/bh52311/

De Valls Bluff Bridge
Posted April 28, 2007, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was indeed demolished a few years ago. The bridge you saw was likely the old railroad bridge.

De Valls Bluff Bridge
Posted April 28, 2007, by Mary Farrell (merryapple1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge certainly does still exist. I just saw it last week from Highway 70. It is no longer in use, but it is there and still pretty doggone impressive.

De Valls Bluff Bridge
Posted November 8, 2005, by Tina Prince (tprince69 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

THIS BRIDGE NO LONGER EXISTS! UPDATE YOUR SITE!

De Valls Bluff Bridge
Posted October 21, 2005, by Oscar Chilson (chilson [at] biology [dot] wustl [dot] edu)

Perhaps you can help me or direct me to a proper source.

Was there an earlier version of a movable bridge, perhaps for the RR, perhaps not, at DeValls Bluff.

Some of my relatives think my Grandfather operated a bridge at De Valls Bluff in ~ 1900 (+/- 10 years) and others say he ran a ferry.

Thanks for whatever.