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Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge


Deck view

Photos submitted by Dan Waite, who describes this as "a very impressive bridge"

BH Photo #101124



Swinging bridge over South Sylamore Creek on CR 238 (Old AR 14)
Stone County, Arkansas
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1943; rehabilitated 1985
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 200.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 18, 1999
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.93605, -92.12179   (decimal degrees)
35°56'10" N, 92°07'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/579215/3977212 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 2236 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 99001353 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10627 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 12, 2014: New photos from Steve Conro
  • June 10, 2009: New photos from Wayne Kizziar



Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted July 7, 2017, by Darren Calhoun (Dcalhoun58 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My family camped there Memorial Day weekend and the bridge is fully functional. We had some flood waters that left the creek high enough for daring folks to jump off the bridge into the creek! In 2016 I actually pulled my fifth wheel across it in the middle of the night, unaware of the highway entrance to the Anglers Resort, which rents cabins and numerous camp sites. Needless to say I was reluctant to pull the rig over the bridge but backing up my rig in the wee hours of the morning seemed worse. If your a bridge enthusiast, this is worth seeing.

Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted October 25, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

The bridge was originally built in 1914 according to a historical marker

Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted September 11, 2015, by Jason Hann (geighcun [at] hotmail [dot] com)

According to my boss, his company - Cowell Steel Structures (or BC Steel as it was known back then) was the one that manufactured the current bridge at this site. This would include the steel framing for the deck and the towers. The rest I expect would have been provided by someone else and the erection of the structure performed by some other company. This is (I am rather certain) the only bridge that this company has ever manufactured. I have attached a photo of a photo that my boss received as a gift of the bridge a few years after it was completed.

Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted March 14, 2015, by Dennis DuBroc (dennisdubroc [at] Hotmail [dot] com)

March 7, 2015... They are replacing the decking on the bridge with new creosote treated lumber.

Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted March 21, 2010, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net )

This bridge is featured in the movie "Bootleggers" a 1974 Charles B. Pierce production.

Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted March 24, 2008, by Ervin Hoffmeister III (ervinhoff3 [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

On March 19 2008 The Sylamore Creek overflowed it's banks during one of the most Dazastrous Floods To hit Arkansas.

Currently the bridge is under water and its looks hopeful that it will survive the flood but the rivers and creeks have now swelled with flood waters that carry big chunks and houses down the wild waters .

Note' The White River Not too far From this creek is So powerful that there have ben reports that 5-6 houses and boat docks have hit the Calico rock Bridge .

I Have Seen one Large Bot Dock And 1 House hit that bridge and the force was Amazing This is A Example of the force of the Flood water's here in Arkansas on March 2008

Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted November 12, 2007, by Tommy Bartholomew (wanderingsmoke [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just in case anyone is wondering. The reconstruction that took place on this bridge was done after a terrible flood. A Trailer(manufactured home) washed down the Sylamore Creek and absolutely destroyed it. The only thing there was the cables going down into the water and a huge pile of debris. I was about 14 at the time and tried to climb across the wreckage and fell about 15 feet to the water below. It was almost completely rebuilt and was in working condition the last time I was there. The bridge is located in the Holiday Travel Park. My Family owns all the surruonding property and it has been a cherished landmark to me for as long as I can remember. The Mountain View area has always been one of the most beautiful areas in the world to me but then again,what is my basis for comparison? Memphis?

Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted March 3, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge at 2 pm on 2 March 2007. Deck running boards run lengthwise and are bolted down. Some boards have loosened but not dangerous. Creek was not running big. No other vehicles or persons crossed he bridge during the time I was there. The campground & restaurant there seemed pretty sleepy. The anchor hardware is interesting for the wire cable. No builders plate noted. Crossbars under the bridge deck appear to be in good condition and satisfactory for weight limit.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Sylamore Creek Swinging Bridge
Posted August 26, 2005, by Richard Salter (saltb2001 [at] cmaaccess [dot] com)

We went over this bridge this past weekend (21 Aug). It has deteriorated greatly. The wooden decking is splitting and coming up in places. However; the spans and metal seem to be in good shape.

This was an experience traversing this bridge.