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3rd Bridge (at Sugar Grove)



Photo provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #100656



Closed through truss bridge over Petit Jean River on Old AR 109 just north of Sugar Grove, 4 miles south of Magazine.
Sugar Grove, Logan County, Arkansas
Closed to all traffic
Built 1906 by the Joliet Bridge Co.; closed to traffic ca. 1998
- Joliet Bridge & Iron Co. of Joliet, Illinois
Main span: Pin-connected, 9-panel Pratt through truss
Approach: 4-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 272.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 26, 1995
Also called
Petit Jean Bridge #3
Sugar Grove Bridge
Buttram Ford Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.09692, -93.80120   (decimal degrees)
35°05'49" N, 93°48'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/426974/3884085 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sugar Grove
Inventory numbers
AHTD M3349 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 95000646 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10435 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 4, 2008: Updated by Randall Houp
  • September 27, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon


  • AHTD
  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Fred Garcia
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER AR-73 - Buttram Ford Bridge, Spanning Petit Jean River at Old AR 109 (Magazine-, Sugar Grove vicinity, Logan County, AR


Magazine Third Bridge
Posted August 24, 2009, by bradley (widding [at] gmail [dot] com)

saw this bridge 8.22.09. very easy to get to from the south side. north side blocked by a giant tree that appears to have been placed across the bridge. there is a boat ramp that makes for excellent and easy viewing from the side and top.

Magazine Third Bridge
Posted November 25, 2008, by Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Complete history on this bridge built in 1906 to be completed within the next 2 weeks. Hopefully my idea of turning this bridge along with the Fuller Ford bridge just to the north into a hiking trail that would travel from Sugar Grove thru' Magazine and connect with an existing trail on Mt. Magazine will become possible. Ideas greatly appreciated. "Ghostbridgehunter"

Magazine Third Bridge
Posted September 27, 2008, by Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Finally made it out to this bridge again on Wednesday, September 24, 2008. Got there early in the morning about 7am to catch the 1906 bridge in a heavy fog. Going north on old Ark 109 the road was really dusty, but just before the bridge it was nothing but mud, muck, and several fallen trees across the road. The place is still severely flooded from earlier in the year rains. One large tree has fallen between the pony on the north side and the main span. The Petit Jean River has been over this bridge and alot of trash, etc. remains. The water at this time was just 4 feet below the bridge making it impossible to get any photographs whatsoever from the sides. The bridge remains solid despite some deck damage and lost running boards.

Magazine Third Bridge
Posted September 20, 2008, by Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

See comments about this bridge in the Magazine #2 bridge section. Bridge built in 1906 by the Joliet Bridge & Iron Company of Joliet, Illinois. Originally called the "Buttram Ford" bridge, named after Jacob Buttram, founder of Sugar Grove, Arkansas. Article/History on this historic bridge currently being compiled. Any further data greatly appreciated!

Magazine Third Bridge
Posted September 17, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Just wondering if you have any new info on this bridge. I would say the date of construction is way off, as this is a pin-connected span. Being from Indiana, I am somewhat familiar with the Vincinnes Bridge Company's work. Looking at some of their remaining work in Indiana, the latest pinned span I find dates to 1918. VBC was in operation from 1899 to 1951, but pinned spans after 1920 are rare (at least up here). I have researched records in the past and know what a daunting task it can be. Best of luck.


Magazine Third Bridge
Posted July 1, 2008, by Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Searching for any old photos and stories pertaining to this bridge, originally known as the "BUTTRAM FORD BRIDGE". Named after Jacob Buttram, owner of the land where the bridge was later built and the founder of Sugar Grove Ar.

Magazine Third Bridge
Posted February 19, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on 18 Feb 2007 at 5:30 pm. Had a little trouble locating it. There is a boat launch ramp next to it. A pickup truck and an ATV were parked on a side road on the flood plain. This is a long bridge and seems to be in pretty good shape except for missing running boards. A tributary creek merges nearby. Interesting use of hanger bars near the ends instead of full length criss-cross uprights. Pony truss on one approach. Remnants of a rope swing hangs from the upper truss. Noticed an auxillary culvert next to one abuttment with stacked flat rock facing. Silty/sandy banks. Dump truck loads of creek gravel/rock at both approach roads keep bridge closed to all but pedestrians.