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UP - Benton Bridge


Oblique view

This is the main span of the remaining railroad bridge [Color photos taken by Wayne Kizziar]

BH Photo #100993



One standing and one lost railroad bridges over the Saline River south of Benton, next to the Old River Bridge
Benton, Saline County, Arkansas
Open to traffic
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Single Warren through truss
2 pony plate girder spans
Also called
MoPac - Benton Bridge
UP - Saline River Bridge
MoPac - Saline River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.54031, -92.60625   (decimal degrees)
34°32'25" N, 92°36'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/536130/3822137 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 10556 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2011: New photo from Lisa Hyde
  • May 17, 2008: New photo from Wayne Kizziar



Benton Railroad Bridges
Posted September 2, 2016, by Cyndi Riley (cyndiriley13 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited the Railroad Bridge on 27 Aug 2016. I tried from the Haskell side but could not see the bridge. I did get there from the Benton side.

The Old River Bridge is in the foreground in the photo with 2 bridges showing. You can see the remains of a pier behind the Railroad Bridge of another bridge.

Benton Railroad Bridges
Posted July 22, 2015, by Kyler K.

Visited the bridge today. The bridge is not accessible from the Benton side but is able to be accessed pretty easily from the Haskell side. There's a gravel road that leads right up to it. There's a little picnic area by the bridge which looks like it's used by local folks. I was able to get some cool pictures of the bridge. Really neat place.

Benton Railroad Bridges
Posted May 11, 2012, by Cody Lewis (lewismulisha [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I visited the old river bridge today. The Bridge WAS used in the opening scenes of Sling Blade. I saw a Benton Police Officer and asked him about it, he said it IS off limits and there IS a gate that prohibits vehicles from traveling there however it's tucked away in the woods and there are rarely any police reports of trespassing there. There is NO approach to the bridge so it's not possible to get on it UNLESS you want to take the risk of being bitten by one of the 6 Water Moccasins I saw on my trip. About 100 yards upstream there is an ACTIVE train trussel however I don't think it's accessible from the Benton side, you need to go a little south to Haskell to get on, i'm not sure though.

Benton Railroad Bridges
Posted February 24, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge at 5:30 pm on 29 October 2006. Crossed over it to get to the other side of Old River Bridge which is 100 yds. upstream. The bridge is active as two trains crossed the bridge (one in each direction) while I was out there.

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