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Osage Creek Bridge


Oblique view

Photo taken Dec. 2001 and provided by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

BH Photo #100106



Through truss bridge over Osage Creek on CR 71 southeast of Healing Springs
Benton County, Arkansas
Replaced by new bridge
Built in 1911 by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company of Leavenworth, Kansas
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 127.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 28, 1988
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.24073, -94.25347   (decimal degrees)
36°14'27" N, 94°15'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/387369/4011377 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 10622 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 87002418 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10221 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 13 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 30, 2010: Posted HAER photos
  • March 26, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge Closed
  • December 15, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • January 20, 2005: Added AHTD photos



Osage Creek Bridge
Posted November 8, 2015, by Melissa L Jones (jonespbc [at] mac [dot] com)

I am sad to report this bridge no longer exists. With the completion of the new bridge, the old one was officially scrapped. This was the bridge that started my passion for photographing old iron bridges. It's like losing an old friend. I'm very sad to see it go.

Osage Creek Bridge
Posted August 7, 2014, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

As of August 2014, the bridge has been moved to a nearby field while work on the replacement continues.

Osage Creek Bridge
Posted April 22, 2014, by Anonymous

A new bridge is under construction next to this bridge.

Osage Creek Bridge
Posted February 20, 2013, by Robert Scoggin (robert [dot] scoggin [at] arkansashighways [dot] com)

I was in Benton County a while back and saw the original plans for the bridge. It was designed and built by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company, Leavenworth, KS in 1911. We will be marketing this bridge in the next month or two to the local towns, federal agencies and historic society. Keep a look out and let these people know if the locals want to keep it and maybe something could happen.

Osage Creek Bridge
Posted January 24, 2013, by jonathan Hodson (hodson [dot] jonathan [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I used to use the bridge twice a day to avoid the speed traps that cave springs police set up in town. Now i just drive slower.

During the flood in the spring of 2011, the only bridge that was not under water was the Osage Creek Bridge. why not just build a bridge just west of it and use the old one as a fishing/foot/four-wheeler bridge. oh wait the cranky old man (who build his house in a flood plane) wouldn't like it and just might wave his gun at you.

Osage Creek Bridge
Posted December 1, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If this bridge truly is a product of the Youngstown Bridge Company, then it is much older than the 1911 date given. The Youngstown Bridge Company was absorbed into the U.S. Steel conglomerate American Bridge Company in 1900. The Morse Bridge Company became the Youngstown Bridge Co. around 1890.

Osage Creek Bridge
Posted February 28, 2010, by Buzz (BuzzDogAR [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Patsy, I know this area very well as I live and work nearby; I'm also saddened to see this bridge closed. Unfortunately, it's more likely that the county will replace rather than rehabilitate this bridge, which is sad.

But I wonder how you got the added one-way distance of 15 miles as a result of this closure? Unless I'm missing something, it's only a six-mile loop on AR264-/112 from one end of the bridge to the other...and that would be a worst-case scenario because you're going from a distance of a few hundred yards across the bridge to all the way around the loop. I log almost all of my mileage (for business expense purposes) and verify it through GPS; on most trips in this area I've only noticed an additional three or four miles, at most.

However, I agree that this beautiful bridge should be rehabilitated and reopened!

Osage Creek Bridge
Posted July 1, 2008, by Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I am very much aggravated with this historic bridge as well as many others like it in Arkansas being closed down. Lets look at the whole picture here. This bridge was built by the county with taxpayers money. Why then are these old relics not being properly maintained? County after County constantly cry and boo-hoo about the condition of their bridges. When was the last time Benton County painted this bridge; put a new floor in this bridge; and pulled those dog-gone vines off the bridge that have been there for the last 3 years that I know of? Unfortunately by trying to preserve this bridge, the county can't get their kick backs and under the table dealings that the taxpayers will never know anything about. This comment also applies to Washington County as well. We need to preserve a part of the past to appreciate the future. TAXPAYERS- WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!

Osage Creek Bridge
Posted June 30, 2008, by Patsy Goates (pgoates [at] hotmail [dot] com)


The closing of this Bridge has made people go 15 miles one way, out of their way to get to Relatives and Friends. With the high cost of GAS, it is hard to drive so far to visit.

I hope that this issue can be resolved soon, and it is opened again.

Why is it that the County, State and Government has to make every thing a hardship on the POOR and ELDERLY.