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MP - Benzel Bridge


Benzel Railroad Bridge

Photo taken on south bank of White River looking downstream. West side of bridge.

Photo taken by J. Randall Houp in August 30, 2008


BH Photo #225479

Brief Essay: 

Written by J Randall Houp

See Yancopin Railroad Bridge Essay. The Benzel Bridge in time will be rehabilatated for use as part of the new Arkansas State Park, THE DELTA HERITAGE HIKING TRAIL. It will be 72 miles hiking trail running from Phillips County, through Arkansas County, and end in Desha County. Middle span being left in an locked up position for the time being to allow for river traffic. Several old houseboats appear to be abandoned along the shoreline. This is the last bridge across the White River before it hits the Mississippi River. Formerly built by the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. Railroad still intact going south from Snow Lake, Arkansas in northern Desha County. All rails have been removed from Snow Lake north toward Lexa, Arkansas in Phillips County.


Vertical lift through truss bridge over White River on Missouri Pacific Railroad
Desha County, Arkansas, and Arkansas County, Arkansas
Closed to all traffic
Built 1903
- Memphis, Helena & Louisiana Railway (MH&L)
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
- St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway (StLIM&S)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Through truss with lift truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.99912, -91.15975   (decimal degrees)
33°59'57" N, 91°09'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/669956/3763585 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 51323 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Memphis, Helena & Louisiana Railway", "St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad", "Missouri Pacific Railroad", "Union Pacific Railroad"
  • February 21, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 18, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp


  • J. Randall Houp
  • Douglas Butler


MP - Benzel Bridge
Posted July 14, 2021, by Anonymous II

I highly doubt the bridge will ever be lowered since it would be an impediment to barge traffic. In order for a trail to be completed, they would have to modify the bridge similar to what they did in Little Rock for the bridge near the Clinton Library.

MP - Benzel Bridge
Posted December 18, 2020, by Anonymous

Are there any updates as to whether or not the bridge has been lowered and paved for the hiking trail? im curious to find more information on it!