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Danville Bowstring Bridge (Piers Only)


Danville Bowstring Bridge (Piers only)

Photo on south side of Petit Jean River.

Photo taken by J. Randall Houp, November 25, 2006


BH Photo #225588


Historic significance: 

Written by J Randall Houp

Three photographs of original piers built by Tillman J. Gaydon in 1880. The piers still stand today as a testament to the quality of his work. The limestone rock was quarried in Yell County and was brought by wagon to this location on the Petit Jean River. Cost of the piers were; $1,740.00. When the Danville Bowstring was dismantled in 1920, the same piers were again used for the brand new pass-through truss. The Danville Bridge (now called; Danville-Mickles), will be moved back to Danville, but not at this location. The old piers are slowly deteriorating and crumbling from age. They can easily be seen upstream as your coming into Danville from the west on Arkansas 10.


Piers only. Original bowstring bridge over Petit Jean River at this location was relocated in 1922 to Mickles, ARK.
Danville, Yell County, Arkansas
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1880
- Tillman J. Gaydon (piers)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.05901, -93.39585   (decimal degrees)
35°03'32" N, 93°23'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/463903/3879658 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 51348 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 20, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp


  • J. Randall Houp


Danville Bowstring Bridge (Piers Only)
Posted October 27, 2013, by Shari Houp

Thank you Danya. It was a joy to be a part of this. It was so wonderful to see the bridge come down Hwy 10, just cried. Beautiful bridge saved.

Danville Bowstring Bridge (Piers Only)
Posted October 7, 2013, by Dayna James

Just saw the bridge being moved! Didn't realize this was the original location!! What a great thing to have moved an saved!! Need more people like Mr. Houp and his wife! Thanks to all involved!!