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Silver Bridge



Photo provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #100342



Abandoned through truss bridge over Frog Bayou on Old AR 282
Midway, Crawford County, Arkansas
Built 1921-22 by the J.S. Terry Construction Co. of Poteau, OK, Abandoned 1994
Pin-connected, 8-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 209.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 26, 1995
Also called
AR 282 Bridge
Frog Bayou Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.61778, -94.18433   (decimal degrees)
35°37'04" N, 94°11'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/392743/3942201 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mountainburg SW
Inventory numbers
NRHP 95000648 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
AHTD M2675 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10307 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 26, 2009: Updated by David Backlin
  • December 7, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • August 23, 2008: Updated history



Silver Bridge
Posted October 31, 2019, by DC (Coodyd [at] yahoo [dot] com)

While I see why they closed it, there should still be access to it as a walking trail, part of a sight seeing tour. There are two owners one on each side who believe they own each a piece of the bridge, and both of which are not very kind to deal with. Personally heard of arguments, and fights between both landowners between folks kayaking on the creek. I think the bridge should be a project for the kids of the high school to help paint, restore it. It would cost very little to fix the decking on the bridge, the biggest fix would be the two gigantic holes dug on each end of the bridge. The water level is not the same as it was as it was when I was growing up due to it being filled in somewhat during the early 90ís. I personally have no problem help fix it up for future generations. Iíve always loved it, and spent many years on that bridge.

Frog Bayou Old AR 282 Bridge
Posted November 11, 2008, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Way cool photo Gene. Thanks for posting it .

Frog Bayou Old AR 282 Bridge
Posted November 11, 2008, by GENE MCCLUNEY (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Here is a photo I took in about 1989 of my vintage 1948 Chrysler crossing this bridge.

Frog Bayou Old AR 282 Bridge
Posted February 2, 2008, by TL Benac (tlbenac [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I would like to add: As an adult I would drive there just to see it again and to walk and explore again, from a new perspective. It was very shocking the first time I drive there and saw wthat someone had brought the property and gated it after the new highway went in. Now no one is able to even see the bridge without trespassing. This bridge is being lost to all of us that remember it and to those that could know it and use it, as one post said, as a walking path. I am even unable to show my children when my fondest memories are.

Frog Bayou Old AR 282 Bridge
Posted February 2, 2008, by TL Benac (tlbenac [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I grew up as a child swimming and jumping off of this bridge, called "Silver Bridge". My siblings and I could not wait to get here every weekend of the summer, our parents brought us camping. It is the fondest memories of my life.

Frog Bayou Old AR 282 Bridge
Posted September 19, 2007, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

While the listing above says "preserved", this is being kind. The bridge sits behind locked gates on private property now, and there is no attempt to "preserve" it. Rather it is more correct to say it is not "demolished". It would be nice if this bridge were accessable to the public for photography or pedestrian use, as part of a walking trail or something. I remember driving across it when it was open.