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MP - Collier Creek Bridge


South Embankment

Photo taken by David Backlin in March 2010


BH Photo #158863

Brief history: 

Written by J Randall Houp

The bridge at this location was a steel bridge built for the Gurdon & Fort Smith Railroad in 1907. This section of railroad was known as the "Norman Branch." The Gurdon & Fort Smith Railroad operated on 60 miles of track from Gurdon, Arkansas to Norman, Arkansas, which at that time was known as, Womble, Arkansas. The railroad later was operated by the St. Louis, Iron Mountain, & Southern, which was a part at that time of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. This was the last steel bridge built on the line to Norman, Arkansas. Photo of old bridge at this location not yet found.


Lost Bridge over Collier Creek on Missouri Pacific RR
Montgomery County, Arkansas
Built 1907
- Gurdon & Fort Smith Railroad (G&FtS)
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
- St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway (StLIM&S)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.41410, -93.63090   (decimal degrees)
34°24'51" N, 93°37'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/442021/3808252 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44538 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
  • March 2, 2012: Essay added by J Randall Houp
  • March 24, 2010: New photos from David Backlin
  • March 23, 2010: Added by David Backlin



MoPac - Collier Creek Bridge
Posted November 14, 2015, by Gunnar (shafferg23 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have the train watch of my Great Great Grandfather that was the conductor on this line to Norman. He would always stop the train and give treats to the kids at the local school just past the bridge. The watch still works. :) My family lived at the fork of Collier Creek.

Smith Creek Bridge
Posted March 2, 2012, by J Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I thank David Backlin for allowing me to make the appropriate changes and updates.