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UP - Augusta Bridge

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Augusta Railroad Bridge

Profile photo taken on the west bank of the White River looking upstream.

Photo taken by J Randall Houp in April 2010

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BH Photo #225484

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Short Note: 

Written by J Randall Houp

Bridge not the easiest to get to. A lot of private land makes access to the area very difficult. As it is all along the White River, it is very muddy, swampy, and full of gnats, mosquitoes, and other bugs. Both banks are heavilly tree-lined and hard to get really good profile photographs. Area floods easily. About 2 miles east of the bridge once stood the New Augusta Railroad Depot. Use caution when going; a boat would be best!

Facts 

Overview
Through truss swing bridge over White River on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Woodruff County, Arkansas, and White County, Arkansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1913
Builders
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas (Substructure)
- Union Bridge & Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Erection)
Railroads
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP; MoPac)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Through truss swing bridge
Also called
Augusta Railroad Bridge
New Augusta Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.27156, -91.38792   (decimal degrees)
35°16'18" N, 91°23'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/646624/3904349 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Augusta SW
Inventory number
BH 51324 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2016: Updated by Luke: Builders
  • February 21, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 18, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp

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Augusta Railroad Bridge
Posted April 27, 2014, by Bill Keen (wkeen2164 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Just found this picture of the bridge.

Augusta Railroad Bridge
Posted April 25, 2014, by Bill Keen (wkeen2164 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I was pleased to see this site and the pictures of the old Augusta RR Bridge. My Father, Virgle Keen was the Bridge Tender there, for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. We lived in a RR residence which was on the RR right-of-way about 300 feet East of the bridge. Dad stopped rail traffic, and turned the bridge, to allow the river boats and barges to pass. I was about 6 years old when we moved there, so I can not be sure of the dates. I believe it was about 1950 to 1956. The bridge was well cared for back, then. -- I saw it in the mid 1980s and was disappointed to see how awfully rusty it was. While I was there a train passed and slowed to about 5 MPH - I don't know for a fact, but I suspect it was due to the condition of the bridge. Is it still opened to rail traffic??