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AM - 6th Street Overpass



Photo taken by David Backlin in September 2007

BH Photo #118662


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Girder bridge over 6th Street on Arkansas-Missouri (formerly Frisco) Railroad in Van Buren
Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas
Open to traffic
Built 1913
- Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (AM)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 269.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.43611, -94.35472   (decimal degrees)
35°26'10" N, 94°21'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/377035/3922250 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Van Buren
Average daily traffic (as of 1983)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 19091 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 36953 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 1998)
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Update Log 

  • October 24, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 20, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated Categories
  • March 4, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 20, 2009: Updated by J Lance: Corrected name of city
  • February 19, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Added category
  • December 7, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • September 3, 2008: Updated by David Backlin
  • July 28, 2008: Added by David Backlin



6th Street Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com`)

This looks like the sort of Box Girder Bridges built on the Cotton Belt in the 1930's.

6th Street Bridge
Posted November 13, 2008, by GENE MCCLUNEY (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I would like to add, that I "think" the original bridge over 6th street would have been more like (or identical to) the bridge over 7th street, which is only one lane wide. At some point the 6th street bridge was replaced to allow for 2 lanes of traffic on the roadway. (Please see separate bridgehunter listing for 7th street bridge.)

Just for the curious, the rail line, as it passes thru downtown Van Buren, has an at-grade crossing on 4th street, then no crossing on 5th street (5th street ends at tracks) then the bridge over 6th street, the bridge over 7th street, then an at-grade crossing at 8th st. (Fayetteville rd) where the depot is, and continues at-grade through the Van Buren suburbs.

6th Street Bridge
Posted November 10, 2008, by GENE MCCLUNEY (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I live in the house just visible at left edge of first photo. I have good reason to believe that the girder span over 6th street is a replacement at some later date, possibly 1970's, and not 1913. The concrete approach section to the west has 1913 molded into it, so that, and the wooden trestles are older.