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AM - Little Sugar Creek Bridge


Brightwater Railroad Bridge

Photo showing west side of bridge looking north

Photo taken by J Randall Houp, August 7 2009


BH Photo #225896

Brief history: 

Written by J Randall Houp

The most famous Frisco train wreck occured at this bridge on November 29, 1907. A runaway freight train came down the slope from Avoca heading for this steel trestle over Little Sugar Creek. It slammed into a slower moving train that was still on the bridge. "Due to the quick thinking of the engineer of the runaway train, who blew warning signals on the whistle, all crew from both trains jumped to safety before collision. The runaway train's engine plunged forty feet into Little Sugar Creek. The only casualies were four show horses on the leading train. Some of the whiskey cargo on the leading train was unaccounted for after the cleaup." Note: Now known as, Arkansas-Missouri Railroad.


Bridge over Little Sugar Creek on Frisco Railroad, now Arkansas -Missouri Railroad.
Brightwater, Benton County, Arkansas
Open to traffic
- Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (AM)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Deck plate girder
Also called
Frisco - Little Sugar Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.41953, -94.05139   (decimal degrees)
36°25'10" N, 94°03'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/405743/4030995 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pea Ridge
Inventory number
BH 51421 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 14, 2013: New photo from Joshua Durbin
  • February 27, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 24, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp


  • J. Randall Houp
  • Joshua Durbin - anzio_anney_07_89 [at] hotmail [dot] com