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Shirley Bridge


Side view

Photo taken July 2003 and provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #101140



The Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad Bridge at Shirley, Arkansas is an example of a Baltimore through truss, a modification of the Pratt truss development by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1871. This structure is of interest as a former railroad bridge adapted for use as a roadway bridge.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Through truss bridge over Middle Fork Little Red River on River Road (CR 125) just outside of Shirley
Van Buren County, Arkansas
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1908 by the Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. as a railroad bridge; rehabilitated 1978
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Missouri & North Arkansas Railway (M&NA)
Warren through truss with sub-panels and verticals
Length of largest span: 153.8 ft.
Total length: 339.8 ft.
Deck width: 8.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 2010
Also called
Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad Bridge
Middle Fork Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.65927, -92.32257   (decimal degrees)
35°39'33" N, 92°19'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/561317/3946368 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 12 N., R. 13 W., Sec. 24
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 20045 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 09001260 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10638 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 51 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 28, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 25, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Removed category "Missouri & North Arkansas RailroAdded category "Missouri & North Arkansas Railway"
  • January 9, 2012: HAER photos posted by J.P.
  • January 1, 2012: New photo from Lisa Hyde
  • January 1, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed truss type
  • December 31, 2011: New photo from Lisa Hyde
  • January 29, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Posted to the National Register
  • December 11, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Added railroad name
  • August 23, 2008: Updated history
  • January 5, 2005: Added diagram


  • AHTD
  • Fred Garcia
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Lisa Hyde
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER AR-76 - Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad Bridge, Spanning Middle Fork Little Red River, Shirley, Van Buren County, AR
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Shirley Bridge
Posted August 29, 2007, by Michelle and Adam

This bridge is covered in graffiti and is really scary when you walk up to the edge, but it's really cool. We live in Greers Ferry which is a short drive from Shirley. It's nicer here, but it always nice to go up there and check out the scenery there too.

Westside classes of '10 & '09

Shirley Bridge
Posted February 24, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge at 11:15 a.m. on 12 Jan. 2007. This bridge has a continous concrete surface poured over the old wood decking whose boards are visible from the edge. There is good access to both banks on the downstream side. The day I was there, there was fog on the river, making for interesting photos. This bridge is open to traffic but doesn't appear to be frequently used.

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

Shirley Bridge
Posted December 22, 2006, by Jacob Dwiggins (dragonking5230 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

this may be a little off topic, but i grew up in the town of shirley, and i thank you for having theese pics. and second, that bridge is not fun to belly flop off of. trust me. had welts and bruises covering the whole frontside of my body. was worth it. just thought id drop some personal history in on it...dont jump off a bridge, even if your friends tell you to, and they are doin it