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Index Bridge


Photo from Ernie Deane Photograph Collection - Arkansas History Commission

BH Photo #159613



Arkansas Highway Department Announces Replacment for Index Bridge

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Arkansas Highways Magazine, March/April 1974



This bridge was built in 1919. According to documents provided by the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the bridge was constructed using trusses of two former bridges that were hauled via barge and re-assembled assembled on site. The two southmost spans came from a railroad bridge, well the remaining three spans came from a double-Decker Bridge.


Lost Through truss bridge over Red River on US 71 built 1919
Little River County, Arkansas, and Miller County, Arkansas
Replaced by new bridge 1980
Built 1919; Replaced 1980
Through truss
Also called
Old US 71 Red River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.55235, -94.04311   (decimal degrees)
33°33'08" N, 94°02'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/403166/3713009 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44645 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 21, 2020: New photo from Austin Ardwin
  • September 22, 2019: New photos from Austin Ardwin
  • September 19, 2019: Updated by Austin Ardwin: C
  • August 28, 2016: New photo from Austin Ardwin
  • November 22, 2015: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • April 18, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 18, 2014: Updated by Brad Smith: lost date from nbi data on new bridge
  • May 13, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Added approx GPS
  • March 28, 2010: Added by David Backlin

Related Bridges 


  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Brad Smith - gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com


Index Bridge
Posted September 25, 2020, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The replacement for this bridge was built in 1974/75 (The current US-71 SB bridge) I am relatively sure they also tore this bridge down at the same time. Both directions of the traffic traveled across the replacement until 1981 (actually later... They built the NB bridge but the road on one side was not ready for what seemed like three or four years. You could drive across the new bridge and do a U-turn onto the other (now Northbound) bridge...

Index Bridge
Posted September 19, 2019, by Austin Ardwin

You can view the plans for this bridge at:


Old US 71 Red River Bridge
Posted June 22, 2010, by Brad SMith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

OMG this bridge was scary! About 21 feet wide and full speed traffic!