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Cow Ford Bridge

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Cow Ford Bridge

Photo is only one found to date of bridge and only shows one end. This photo taken circa 1936.

Photo: J. Randall Houp collection. Courtesy: A.B. Gordon

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BH Photo #273744

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Description 

The Cow Ford Bridge, built in 1909 across the Petit Jean River, was lost in May 1939 when 2 large logging trucks attempted to cross on the bridge at the same time. It was estimated they weighed between 45,000 and 50,000 lbs. The bridge was never repaired or rebuilt due to the upcoming construction of Blue Mountain Lake. The original piers to this bridge still remain in the bottom of Blue Mountain Lake. GPS given is ONLY an estimate of where exactly this bridge was located.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Petit Jean River on Former Logan County Road
Location
Logan County, Arkansas
Status
Collapsed
History
One of just 9 steel bridges built across the Petit Jean River in Logan Co., Arkansas.
Builder
- Morava Bridge Co. of Chicago, Ilinois. (Builder in 1909)
Design
Through truss
Note: Specifications for the Cow Ford Bridge across the Petit Jean River not found in Logan County Court records.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.10123, -93.71265   (decimal degrees)
35°06'04" N, 93°42'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/435048/3884501 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blue Mountain Dam
Inventory number
BH 59551 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arkansas (1,714)
Built 1909 (720)
Built during 1900s (6,789)
Collapsed (320)
Logan County, Arkansas (75)
Lost (22,238)
Lost 1939 (40)
Lost during 1930s (479)
Morava Bridge Co. (1)
Owned by county (20,046)
Petit Jean River (12)
Through truss (14,026)
Truss (31,215)

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2014: Added by J. Randall Houp

Sources 

  • J. Randall Houp