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Arkansas River Pontoon Bridge

Photos 

Vintage photo provided by Gene McCluney

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BH Photo #129896

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pontoon bridge over Arkansas River in Dardanelle. Once hailed as the "Longest pontoon bridge over moving water". Carried Old Military Road, a major route between Little Rock and Fort Smith.
Location
Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas, and Pope County, Arkansas
Status
Demolished
History
At one time owned by the Dardanelle and Russellville Railroad, but no trains ever crossed it.
Design
Pontoon
Dimensions
Total length: 2,208.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.22645, -93.15127   (decimal degrees)
35°13'35" N, 93°09'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/486234/3898166 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 38335 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • December 7, 2008: Added by Gene McCluney

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Comments 

Arkansas River Pontoon Bridge
Posted January 4, 2011, by Ken B. Harper

The "tee pees" are the anchor towers upstream from the pontoon bridge that had cables running to the pontoons to keep it from having a "rainbow" caused by the current.

Occasionally, when there was a flood surge, they would disassemble the pontoon bridge to keep driftwood, etc. from collecting on the upstream side of the thing and ripping it apart. The anchor towers also collected drifting debris and sometimes the large amount tore them down or apart. The Dardanelle Pontoon Bridge & Transfer Co. had a couple different steamboats (over the years)and a pile driver they used to maintain the bridge and towers and to ferry people, mail, and items of commerce across the river when the bridge was out of service.