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Mountain Fork River CR 38 Bridge


Oblique view

Photo taken April 2005 by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #100836


Mountain Fork River bridge

1905 pony truss bridge over the Mountain Fork River on CR 38 near Potter, AR

Video posted by J Lance

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Two-span pony truss bridge over Mountain Fork River on CR 38 near Potter
Polk County, Arkansas
Open to one lane traffic
Built 1905
Riveted 5-panel and 6-panel Pratt pony trusses
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 405.7 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 9, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.52842, -94.39976   (decimal degrees)
34°31'42" N, 94°23'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/371536/3821638 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
850 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 16149 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 90000540 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10505 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 30, 2016: New photos from J Lance
  • November 29, 2016: Updated by J Lance: Bridge is open to traffic!
  • December 28, 2015: Updated by James Baughn: Updated status
  • December 27, 2015: Updated by David Backlin: Destroyed by Flood
  • August 13, 2012: Updated by J Lance: Added category "Multiple span pony truss"
  • July 27, 2011: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • January 16, 2010: New photos from J Lance
  • February 5, 2009: Updated by J Lance
  • April 4, 2005: Posted new photos by Wayne Kizziar



Mountain Fork River CR 38 Bridge
Posted October 25, 2021, by Wes Adams (weschrisadams [at] aol [dot] com)

We encountered this bridge by accident as we were out exploring the area on October 23, 2021. It was still open to traffic and we were able to drive across it in our Honda Odyssey. It's still beautiful!

Mountain Fork River CR 38 Bridge
Posted November 24, 2018, by Stacy Langley (stacylangley2004 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What a jewel. Taken November 2018

Mountain Fork River CR 38 Bridge
Posted November 26, 2017, by Angie (Islandseeker2013 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Enjoyed this gem today! What an awesome old bridge

Mountain Fork River CR 38 Bridge
Posted December 9, 2016, by J Lance (bugo73 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was the first bridge I ever noticed as a kid.

When I was young we would go on Sunday drives and we were in this area I would beg my parents to drive across this bridge and the closer we got to it the more excited I got. I was terrified to cross it but I loved to and it was quite an adrenaline rush. It is the reason I am obsessed with bridges today.

Mountain Fork River CR 38 Bridge
Posted November 30, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, this is a pleasant surprise. I figured that this one would be gone.

Mountain Fork CR 38 Bridge
Posted November 29, 2016, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I visited this bridge on November 29, 2016 and am pleased to report that it is open to traffic! The furthest west approach spans have been replaced and the deck has settled on some of the approaches but the trusses seem to be in excellent shape. Lets hope it stands another 111 years.

Mountain Fork Bridge
Posted July 2, 2016, by David guess (Dcg [dot] 1380 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anybody have any word on this bridge and what they are going to do?

Mountain Fork Bridge
Posted December 28, 2015, by david (dcg [dot] 1380 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Got some good news.. not great but at least the bridge is still there. The people from around there say that this has happened before a couple times and they have always fixed it... so who knows.

Mountain Fork Bridge
Posted December 27, 2015, by david (dcg [dot] 1380 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Got some bad news guys... from this pic earlier today its not looking to good

Mountain Fork Bridge
Posted June 9, 2010, by david (dcguess92 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

this bridge has recently been redecked in probably in the last month or so, i drove over it and took pictures of it, i would post them but they are on my dads camera. it is also posted with a 6 ton weight limit now.

Mountain Fork Bridge
Posted April 19, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I did see the collapsed piers of the old CR48 bridge.

Mountain Fork Bridge
Posted March 14, 2007, by yetti (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)


The last picture of the low water bridge is the old CR 48 bridge


Did you see the collapsed piers?

Mountain Fork Bridge
Posted February 12, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on 25 Nov. 2006 at 2:30 pm. I drove around a bit looking for it and in the process found an interesting low bridge a couple of miles upstream on the same creek.

This is an a different use of a Pony truss especially on such a wide location; although creek is shallow. Some locals were gathering rocks below the bridge for a home patio. The lady talked about cringing every time her school bus rumbled along that bridge.

Seemed sound to me as I heard two vehicles clattering across. Nice broad gravel bar beneath bridge - great spot for picnicing.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Camp Pioneer Bridge
Posted September 5, 2006, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is not called "Camp Pioneer Bridge" as there is a bridge over Twomile Creek at Camp Pioneer that is known by that name. As far as I know, the bridge is simply known as the "Mountain Fork Bridge" or "that old bridge near Potter."

Camp Pioneer Bridge
Posted August 6, 2006, by bugo (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is the bridge that got me interested in old bridges. It's a huge bridge, it must be seen in person to be appreciated. Hopefully it won't be replaced for a long time.

Camp Pioneer Bridge
Posted September 26, 2005, by Lauren M. (laurenm62 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hi, love your website. I was wondering why I can't see the pictures on this one , they are all blank with a small red "x" in the corner. Keep the old bridge photos and facts coming. LM