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Harahan Bridge



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Big River Crossing / Harahan Bridge History

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Cantilevered through truss railroad bridge over the Mississippi River at Memphis
West Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, and Crittenden County, Arkansas
Open to railroad traffic on two tracks; road deck rebuilt for pedestrian use
Future prospects
Road deck being retrofitted for pedestrian use, to open to public mid-October 2016
Completed 1916 under the direction of engineer Ralph Modjeski
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland
- Union Bridge & Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Missouri & Arkansas Railway (M&A)
- St. Louis Southwestern Railway (SSW)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Cantilevered through truss
Length of largest span: 791.0 ft.
Total length: 4,973.0 ft. (0.9 mi.)
Also called
Rock Island Bridge
The Missouri Pacific Iron Mountain Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.13076, -90.07812   (decimal degrees)
35°07'51" N, 90°04'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/766240/3891452 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northwest Memphis
Inventory number
BH 32698 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 31, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 31, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • August 31, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge scheduled to reopen to pedestrian use October 2016
  • February 25, 2013: Photo imported by Joseph Hinson
  • November 16, 2012: Updated by Kim Harvey: future prospects
  • May 13, 2011: New Street View added by Jodi Christman
  • March 27, 2009: New photo from David Backlin
  • February 17, 2009: Updated by David Backlin
  • November 7, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • September 25, 2008: New photo from James Baughn

Related Bridges 



Harahan Bridge
Posted December 18, 2018, by WE Bohannon (bbfudpucker [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Crossed the bridge in the fall. Very impressed with the waking/bike trail. Can't wait to get back in the spring and do it again.

Harahan Bridge
Posted August 31, 2016, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (LNER4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Website changed to http://www.bigrivercrossing.com/

Opens to public Oct. 22nd, 2016.

Harahan Bridge
Posted June 16, 2015, by Johnny (johnnyredd [at] jaadep [dot] com)

I live in the Memphis area and have walked the Harahan many times, on both sides. Climbed it, etc. I am amazed at the stories of police presence, etc. No reason to not tell the truth here - there have been cameras there for years but even with the materials increase for the Harahan walking trail project nothing has changed. When you come between the Frisco and the Memphis Arkansasa stop where the road turns to the right and park in that area if you want to. Then walk around the corner past the haunted room (it's under the Frisco) and up to the Harahan if you prefer. That way your vehicle is still parked on a public thoroughfare.

Harahan Bridge
Posted July 20, 2014, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I went to the east End of the Harahan. I was outside the gates. The railroad police followed me down the road and when I started to get out (outside the gate) he pointed at the way I had come. I got the message and no pictures.

Harahan Bridge
Posted June 19, 2013, by Robert Fowler (hemeloser [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Photo #7 by Alex Vranas is looking at the Memphis portal of the Frisco bridge, not the Harahan.

Harahan Bridge
Posted June 20, 2012, by RBBrittain (rbbrittain [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Memphis has just been awarded a $14.9M Federal grant to build a pedestrian walkway on one of the former road decks of this bridge. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jun/19/memphis-get...

The website for the project is: http://www.harahanbridgeproject.com/

Harahan Bridge
Posted January 26, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Looks as if the Harahan Bridge may see pedestrians in its future:


Harahan Bridge
Posted May 17, 2010, by mflynn (mflynn7 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Trespassing on or near eithier the Harahan or the Frisco Bridge is ILLEGAL and you can be arrested for being near them. Both are clearly marked with NO TRESPASSING signs. Both of these bridges and the areas around them are private property and owned by the railroads that operate them. You can take pictures from public areas(such as the public walkway on the Interstate 55 bridge) but if you pass a no trepassing sign then be prepared to be stopped and possibly arrested. Memphis Police and the Railroad Police monitor these areas constantly even when you do not see them there. The cameras are watched in real time and you could be paid a visit by police at a later date for being there.

Harahan Bridge
Posted May 5, 2010, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

According to this article the Harahan Bridge once had wooden approaches on the Arkansas side for the auto lanes:


Harahan Bridge
Posted July 10, 2009, by Craig (dnchlson [at] memphis [dot] edu)

As a follow up, this is Craig N. Schneider, I successfully scaled this bridge on August, 07, 2006 to the top and partially across. Experienced no interference from railroad police though the trip was rather dangerous. About 180 feet above the ground with no supports on a 3 inch piece of iron. Successful trip, and exciting, but extremely dangerous and not recommended for anyone.

Harahan Bridge
Posted April 20, 2009, by Bubba (crazzymsguy [at] gmail [dot] com)

looked around the Memphis(east) end of the bridge..saw the so called haunted room under the approach...also saw MANY Memphis police cameras and a Memphis police cruiser parked in the area...looks like they take the security of the bridge VERY seriously. there is a trail that runs along the top of the bluff that goes under the bridge...starts from a small park at the east end of the I-55 bridge....take the exit for the metal museum..VERY first exit after crossing the bridge...

Harahan Bridge
Posted April 20, 2009, by bubba (crazzymsguy [at] gmail [dot] com)

I spent about an hour and a half at the Ark(west end of the bridge)a few days ago.lots of things to see and never saw any police. there were several cameras in the area and also no trespassing signs .most of the wooden auto bridge deck has been removed exect for a small area at the very end. the wood is loose and VERY rotten. BE CAREFUL!!!

Harahan Bridge
Posted April 6, 2009, by Channin Rosenthal

I know Craig posted his comment a very long time ago, but I do have a few experiences with trying to get close to this bridge. I am in awe of the spot where the Harahan, the Frisco and the Memphis-Arkansas all kinda meet. So I go to that spot alot. But everytime I get down there, I end up face-to-face with the railroad police. There are cameras on both the Memphis side and on the Arkansas side, so the minute you step one foot onto hallow ground they decend upon you. If you have a camera it makes it 10 times worse. The line between trespassing and not trespassing is not clearly marked on either side. They get your social security number and your DL number and supposedly they "investigate" you according to the RR police on the AR side. So climbing on the Harahan would be absolutely impossible.

Harahan Bridge
Posted October 14, 2008, by Chuck Moon (cmoon71 [at] rochester [dot] rr [dot] com)

Supposedly I have a relative (my dad's uncle, Lynn Moon), that jumped off of this bridge (attempted suicide); and is the only person who has ever lived to talk about his experience.

My Aunt talks about how glad she was when her maiden name changed because when someone else would jump/die, they would always say that Lynn Moon is the only jumper that ever lived.

Harahan Bridge
Posted May 13, 2008, by Todd (hippiewalk [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I think it is foolhardy to mess around with railroad bridges. Clinbing them is dangerous and illegal.

Harahan Bridge
Posted July 21, 2006, by Daniel (r3bel_with0ut_a_caus3 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know if you can legally climb the Harahan Bridge post 9-11? Thanks.

Craig N. Schneider