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Lake City Bridge


From new

These AHTD photos from Oct. 2000 show the preserved span from the new bridge

BH Photo #100335

Street View 


Abandoned vertical-lift bridge over St. Francis River on AR 18 at Lake City
Craighead County, Arkansas
Bridge demolished except for the main lift span, which has been relocated slightly and preserved
Future prospects
Built 1934 by the Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana. Replaced by a four-lane bridge in 1998.
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Vertical lift Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 31.0 ft.
Total length: 3,412.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 9, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.82115, -90.43215   (decimal degrees)
35°49'16" N, 90°25'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/731980/3967155 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake City
Inventory numbers
AHTD 1207 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 90000515 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10303 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2015: New photo from Rusty Weisman
  • March 4, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • December 6, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • February 8, 2005: Posted AHTD photos


  • HAER AR-18 - St. Francis River Bridge
  • AHTD
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Rusty Weisman


Lake City Bridge
Posted January 15, 2011, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was always a major landmark to me when I was a kid on our trips back home to Tennessee when we were living in Arkansas. I never knew that it was a lift bridge until much later. The story goes that almost as soon as it was built, an earthquake and flood shifted the channel of the St. Francis River slightly, enough to render the lift span unusable to river traffic, so it was never even used.b