2 votes

White Oak Bayou Railroad Bridge


west side

ends. no evidence it went further

Photo taken by bradley widding in September 2009


BH Photo #145956



I do not pretend to know anything about this bridge. A jogger friend of mine told me about coming across it. It appears to be a railroad bridge but there are no tracks near it. it is at the end of Young Road and the opposite side of the bayou there is no road at all. I found an story online that the city was going to extend Young Road in 1998 so maybe this bridge was part of that. The plate says 1903. There are 3 giant ties a hundred yards south of it. If it wasn't for the age of the plate, I would not have posted. So... Who can tell me about this bridge I worked so hard and trudged to?


Abandoned bridge over White Oak Bayou in North Little Rock
North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Built 1903
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.80712, -92.34285   (decimal degrees)
34°48'26" N, 92°20'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/560106/3851850 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Little Rock
Inventory number
BH 43344 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 7, 2009: Added by bradley widding


  • bradley widding - widding [at] gmail [dot] com


Mystery North Little Rock Railroad Bridge
Posted April 11, 2011, by Robert Robinette (rrobine [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Not sure if that's the same bridge but when I was a kid we used to purchase hay from Mr. Young. That was in the mid 1970's and Mr. Young was really old then. Anyway, their was an old bridge over the white oak bayou back then near the end of Mr. Young's property. I suspect this is the same one I rode across back then. I remember that it didn't have very high sides so it made an impression on me.

Mystery North Little Rock Railroad Bridge
Posted December 23, 2010, by Raymond (iron_horse819 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I suspect it's the former Broadway overpass for the Rock Island RR, which was removed in the 1990's. How it wound up in it's present location is anybody's guess

Mystery North Little Rock Railroad Bridge
Posted July 21, 2010, by Tom (bigtvdaddy [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would suspect a used railroad bridge was bought with the idea of converting to road use. It looks like it is lined up to pulled into place when or if abutments are built.

Mystery North Little Rock Railroad Bridge
Posted September 8, 2009, by Jon (asdfj [at] slfkj [dot] com)

looks like it would make a good deer blind.

Mystery North Little Rock Railroad Bridge
Posted September 7, 2009, by bradley widding (widding [at] gmail [dot] com)

Posted September 7, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The American Bridge Company was a rather prolific builder of railroad bridges in the early 20th Century and you'll find many examples of their work up here.

In fact, American Bridge Company still exists and operates out of the Pittsburgh area. Their steel fabrications are in use globally in bridges and buildings, both small and spectacular.

The company built everything from small rail bridges, like this one, to huge undertakings like the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the Hell Gate Bridge. (Maybe a little less spectacular was the Silver Bridge that collapsed in 1967.) They also did fabrication for the Sears Tower (or whatever it's called today) and the Chrysler Building, just to name a few.

As for your bridge, try to find out what railroad it carried and go from there.