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Natural Dam Bridge


Side view

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

BH Photo #100368

Street View 


Lost two-span through truss bridge over Lee Creek on AR 59 near the community of Natural Dam
Crawford County, Arkansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1934 by contractor M.E. Gillioz, replacing an earlier truss bridge built in 1907 by the Illinois Steel Bridge Co ; Replaced 2018.
- M.E. Gillioz of Monett, Missouri
Two-span, riveted, 6-panel Pennsylvania through truss with additional subties
Length of largest span: 142.0 ft.
Total length: 585.8 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 6, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.64585, -94.39360   (decimal degrees)
35°38'45" N, 94°23'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/373834/3945563 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Natural Dam
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 01811 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 90000508 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
AHTD 1811 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10318 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2019: New photos from John Cross
  • January 24, 2018: Updated by David Backlin: Updated to Lost
  • January 5, 2018: Updated by David Backlin: Scheduled for demolition January 2018
  • March 17, 2013: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is doomed, but available for adaptive reuse
  • August 20, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Corrected bridge type per AHTD documents
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • December 5, 2009: Added HAER photos, removed duplicate listing
  • January 20, 2005: Posted AHTD photos



Natural Dam Bridge
Posted March 12, 2018, by Melissa Jones (mrhsfan [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am sad to report that this bridge has been demolished. According to the AR Dept. of Transportation, the date plaque from the bridge has been donated to the Natural Dam Community Center to be displayed there. The photo below was taken a few days before the bridge was taken down.

Natural Dam Bridge
Posted January 5, 2018, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority was originally going to reuse this bridge, but has changed their mind. It is now scheduled to be demolished by the end of January 2018.

Natural Dam Bridge
Posted July 17, 2015, by Melissa Jones (jonespbc [at] mac [dot] com)

View of the bridge from the north end. Taken in January 2015.

Natural Dam Bridge
Posted November 24, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

To be preserved in a new location (hopefully):


Lee Creek Bridge
Posted April 24, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice pics Wendy.....Love the dark clouds in the sky.

Lee Creek Bridge
Posted April 24, 2009, by Windy Richardson (bug_1981 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to the plaque on the bridge this was built in 1934. Contractor - M.E. Gillioz. Engineer - N.B. Garver. See attached photos

Natural Dam Bridge
Posted February 26, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge at 5:30 pm on 25 Feb '07. Arrived almost at sunset, but I got a few decent photos from each side and through the windshield as I drove across. Lee creek was up from rain the day before so profile views were out of the question. Upstream of this bridge is Natural Dam that is so close, if you don't visit you've missed out big time. It is a pretty spot with a 4' cragy ledgedrop, and a low-water bridge just below it. A nice picnic area with ample parking is adjacent to the falls.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Natural Dam Bridge
Posted December 20, 2006, by Confused teen 108 (N/A)

I have lived in Natural Dam all of my life. Natural dam is a wonderful place to live the bridge is beautiful and so is the dam. Two years ago the dam and the bridge flooded and was so coll except for the people who's house flooded. the bridge was closed for about two hours and that bridge is tall for it to be flooded. Well I hope you come to Natural dam and visit us some time.