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Old Rock Bridge


Old Rock Bridge

This bridge crossed Salado Creek on the old road between Salado and Rosie. The old road was by-passed by a new highway and the old bridge collapsed in the late 1950s.

Photo courtesy of Vicki Garland.


BH Photo #272198


Lost Stone arch bridge over Salado Creek on Old Highway 14
Independence County, Arkansas
Built 1870, collapsed in 1958, not rebuilt
Gothic stone arch
Also called
Salado Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.67446, -91.57185   (decimal degrees)
35°40'28" N, 91°34'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/629246/3948782 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 12 N., R. 5 W., Sec. 18
250 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 59061 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,336)
Arch (12,651)
Arkansas (1,764)
Built 1870 (159)
Built during 1870s (1,259)
Collapsed (431)
Deck arch (11,888)
Independence County, Arkansas (28)
Lost (28,414)
Lost 1958 (102)
Lost during 1950s (857)
Owned by county (21,605)
Stone arch (3,279)

Update Log 

  • December 24, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Mapped?
  • December 24, 2013: Added by Kenneth Rorie

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Old Rock Bridge
Posted May 8, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This and the related bridge are the only two in the area actually marked as bridges on the 1891 Batesville topo.

Old Rock Bridge
Posted February 16, 2015, by NE2 (neroute2 [at] gmail [dot] com)

ACT 210

AN ACT to Restore a Certain Road to the State Highway System; and for Other Purposes.

WHEREAS, the State Highway Commission, in relocating State Highway 14 in Independence County between the towns of Salado and Rosie, abandoned the old route of said Highway between said towns, and

WHEREAS, there is located on the old route of said State Highway 14 between the towns of Salado and Rosie an old rock bridge over Salado Creek that is known to be the oldest bridge in the seven states surrounding Arkansas, and is believed to be one of the oldest bridges west of the Mississippi River, and

WHEREAS, such bridge was constructed in 1870 and was patterned after the Gothic architecture used on bridges over the Rhine river, and

WHEREAS, such bridge is in need of immediate repair in order to restore it as a tourist attraction and to preserve it as a historical landmark of this State, and

WHEREAS, the State Highway Commission was never authorized to abandon the road on which said bridge is located, NOW, THEREFORE

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas:

SECTION 1. That the portion of old State Highway 14 in Independence County running from the town of Salado in a south easterly direction to and including the old stone bridge over Salado Creek, the same being a distance of approximately two (2) miles, be and the same is hereby made a part of the State Highway System, and the State Highway Commission shall provide for the maintenance and improvement of such road and bridge in the same manner as other roads and bridges on the State Highway System.

APPROVED: March 12, 1957.

Old Rock Bridge
Posted September 21, 2014, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Appears to be an old alignment of Hwy 14