Rating:
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RI - West Creek Bridge

Photos 

Overview Looking SW

Photo taken by David Backlin in April 2010

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BH Photo #161139

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over West Creek on Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad
Location
Sebastian County, Arkansas
Status
Abandoned
History
Built circa 1903; Abandoned circa 1943
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad (CO&G)
Also called
CO&G - West Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.02525, -94.36028   (decimal degrees)
35°01'31" N, 94°21'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/375906/3876688 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Huntington
Inventory number
BH 44757 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 21, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Revised description
  • April 5, 2010: New photos from David Backlin
  • April 4, 2010: Added by David Backlin

Sources 

Comments 

West Creek Bridge
Posted November 25, 2010, by andy

This is the Rock Island's Choctaw Route, abandoned in 1981.

I watched Rock Island trains here in the 60's and 70's. What kind of FOOLS abandon a railroad that parallels I-40 for a thousand miles? How many trailers could be moved faster, cheaper, and safer?

West Creek Bridge
Posted April 6, 2010, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Looks like a thru plate girder that someone's cut out the panels. Seems like there's another bridge or two on this site that's been partly salvaged the same way. What's left would not hold nearly the weight that the floor structure could.

West Creek Bridge
Posted April 5, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is a bizarre bridge! It may not be a true example, but it reminds me of a Vierendeel truss.