Charles Bowden

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Mallet Town Bridge (Conway County, Arkansas)
Lost Through truss bridge over Cadron Creek on Mallet Town Road
April 25, 2015: Added
Cadron Creek 285 Bridge (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Cadron Creek on State Highway 285 North
April 25, 2015: Added
Highway 25 Bridge (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Lost Through truss bridge over East Fork Cadron Creek on Ark. State Highway 25
April 25, 2015: Added
1st Petit Jean Bridge (at Magazine) (Logan County, Arkansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Petit Jean River on AR 109 just south of Magazine
January 19, 2014: New photo
Six Mile Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Six Mile Creek on County Rd D 65 (Carbon City Rd)
December 10, 2013: Added
1st Petit Jean Bridge (at Magazine) (Logan County, Arkansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Petit Jean River on AR 109 just south of Magazine
November 29, 2011: New photo
Old Revilee Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Reville Creek on State Hwy. 10 East
November 6, 2011: Added
1st Petit Jean Bridge (at Magazine) (Logan County, Arkansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Petit Jean River on AR 109 just south of Magazine
October 16, 2011: New photo
2nd Petit Jean Bridge (at Magazine) (Logan County, Arkansas)
Tthrough truss bridge over Petit Jean River on Old AR 109 south of Magazine
October 9, 2011: New photo
1st Petit Jean Bridge (at Magazine) (Logan County, Arkansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Petit Jean River on AR 109 just south of Magazine
October 9, 2011: New photo
Morrison Bluff Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Bridge over Arkansas River on AR 109 at Morrison Bluff
March 28, 2008: Added
Millard Crossing Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Timber stringer bridge over Shoal Creek on Forest Service road #1601
March 28, 2008: Essay added
Millard Crossing Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Timber stringer bridge over Shoal Creek on Forest Service road #1601
March 28, 2008: Added
Jamestown Bridge (Johnson County, Arkansas)
Warren pony truss bridge with steel grate deck over Spadra Creek at Clarksville
March 28, 2008: Essay added
Jamestown Bridge (Johnson County, Arkansas)
Warren pony truss bridge with steel grate deck over Spadra Creek at Clarksville
March 28, 2008: Added
Little Creek AR 164 Bridge (Pope County, Arkansas)
Wooden bridge over Little Creek on AR 164
March 28, 2008: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted April 28, 2015

The first time i saw this bridge was in 1980 and it was very unique as that was first time i had saw a one lane through truss bridge with a paved floor. Memory says the state kept the brige painted silver. When i lived further north i crossed this a lot going to Conway, but not so much when i moved into Conway. Reason being is you never went this stretch of hwy. going north unless you were going to town of Wooster or up on the Cadron so i dont even remember the year it was replaced. The site and the new bridge is 1 mile north of Lake Beaverfork and the present day city limits of Conway.

Posted April 28, 2015

In the early 80's i lived about 4 miles from this bridge, it was just up the Cadron from the Springfield bridge and the lost Mallettown bridge. Crossed it many times going back and forth to Conway, it was long as wooden bridges go, single lane, wooden deck with no runners, had short guard rails on the side and it 'hummed' when you drove over it.

This brige sat way down in a valley, both approaches of the hwy were pretty steep and the bridge was not very high off the water, just enough for boats to get under. There is a Game & Fish Commission boat ramp there now and the very tall replacement UCEB structure is just to the north of the old bridge site.

Posted April 28, 2015

This bridge was about 2 1/2 miles upstream from the Springfield bridge. As mentioned elswhere i used to live a short distance from this bridge when it was still standing, it was a lovely through truss and i used to ride my motorcycle across it in the early 80's. Just as with the through truss bridges i grew up with in Logan Co. Ark. i never thought to take pictures of these great old bridges, thought they would always be there.

Hopefully now that the Mallettown (original spelling of the community) bridge has been added to the site maybe someone will find photos of it. Today the site is occupied by a concrete structure but its still a really nice spot on the Cadron. The Creek is 100 ft. wide here and 150 yards upstream on the left bank is a very beautiful wet weather waterfall coming off the bluff.

Posted January 19, 2014

Way to go, so glad to see photos of this bridge, i feared none would ever be found.

Posted January 19, 2014

Great find.

Posted November 29, 2011

I have to refute county records and hours of research, i greatly doubt that the 2nd Bridge was known as the 'Fuller Ford Bridge.'

Dr. Fuller & his Wife owned what is well known as 'The Fuller Place' west of Magazine, that farm was on the east bank of Scott Creek. The ford there was what was known as the Fuller Ford, years ago there was a thru truss bridge there over Scott Creek some 100 yards downstream of the present hwy. 10 bridge.

Posted November 29, 2011

Have determined that long ago black and white photo was indeed taken at the south portal of this bridge and have added it here.

Posted November 6, 2011

I made the june 12, 2010 post here, don't know why it shows 'anonymous.' Allow me to state this again, i am certain the info posted here is wrong. This bridge was not dismantled in 1961, rather i believe that is the year it was built. I was born in 1963 and this is the only bridge i knew across the Petit Jean on hwy. 23 south, it was replaced/upgraded in the 80's.

Bridge Styles
Posted November 6, 2011

I know we have numerous photos of differernt style bridges, but i would like to see written or drawn defanitions of what defines bridge styles/designs.

Posted November 2, 2011

I currently have 1 more Magazine bridge photo to post, it is from the deck looking out a portal. It looks to be from 100 years ago or more and is not labeled. At this time i have not been able to discern if it is the 1st bridge or Kilburn bridge but will try to determine soon and post it here.

Posted November 2, 2011

In photo #1 with the timber removed from hillside the roadbed and original immediate left from south portal can be seen.