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North Fork River Bridge


North Fork River Bridge

Photo from old postcard


BH Photo #496079



Open-spandrel arch with (3)175 ft arch spans, (2)155 ft arch spans


Inundated Open-spandrel arch bridge over North Fork River (now Norfork Lake) on US 62 in Henderson
Henderson, Baxter County, Arkansas
Built 1934; Inundated 1944 by flooding of North Fork River to create Lake Norfork
- Arkansas Bridge & Steel Co. (Contractor)
- N.B. Garver (Engineer)
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 175.0 ft.
Total length: 888.0 ft.
Also called
(old) Henderson Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.37290, -92.23583   (decimal degrees)
36°22'22" N, 92°14'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/568547/4025581 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Norfork Dam North
Inventory number
BH 38472 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 22, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 28, 2015: Updated by Luke: Changed status to inundated; Added builder+engineer
  • May 17, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Updated description
  • January 5, 2009: Added by David Backlin

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North Fork River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2015, by Luke

Thank you for the information Erik!

North Fork River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2015, by Erik Lundquist (junk [at] elsh [dot] us)

Original Engineering Plans for the bridge are located at: https://www.arkansashighways.com/historic_bridge/State%20Hig...

Based on the revised elevations shown on the plans the bridge deck elevations are:

Mountain Home Side: 486.70'

Henderson Side: 492.00'

Lake Elevations are located at: http://www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil/pages/data/tabular/htm/norf...

The bridge is typically 64' to 70' below the water.

North Fork River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2015, by Erik Lundquist (junk [at] elsh [dot] us)

The bridge can be seen (underwater) with Google Earth. Just follow the road entering the Henderson Marina to the middle of the breakwater pier/ platform at the entrance to the marina. It appears the eastern side of the old bridge begins just under the breakwater pier/ platform.

North Fork River Bridge
Posted September 1, 2013, by Kat Robinson (kat [at] tiedyetravels [dot] com)

This page shows the old bridge and reports it as being 80 feet under the surface of Lake Norfork.


North Fork River Bridge
Posted January 5, 2009, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/media-det... shows the bridge as it was being inundated by the newly created lake.