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Baptist Ford Bridge


View from south

Photo taken July 2002 and provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #101152

Street View 

Baptist Ford Bridge Cinema 

Written by Brandon Cooper

This bridge's appearance in the 2016 film "Greater", which boasts an all-star cast in Nick Searcy, M.C. Gainey, Leslie Easterbrook and Neil McDonough was limited. It appears in a brief background shot towards the beginning of the movie when the main character, Brandon Burlsworth (played by Christopher Severio) is in the creek.


Three-span pony truss bridge over West Fork White River on CR 1194 (Old US 71) in Greenland
Washington County, Arkansas
Open to local traffic
Built 1930 by the Maxwell Construction Co.
- Maxwell Construction Co. of Columbus, Kansas
Three riveted, 10-panel Parker pony trusses
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 308.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.98130, -94.17363   (decimal degrees)
35°58'53" N, 94°10'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/394196/3982511 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Fork
Average daily traffic (as of 1992)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 18802 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10642 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 3, 2022: Essay added by Brandon Cooper
  • July 3, 2022: Updated by Brandon Cooper: Added category "Featured in a movie"
  • April 25, 2022: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Painted silver"
  • August 13, 2012: Updated by J Lance: Added category "Multiple span pony truss"
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • December 13, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • August 23, 2008: Updated history
  • March 13, 2005: Posted new photos



Baptist Ford Bridge
Posted July 3, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I'm not that familiar with Arkansas designs, but it looks more like a 1930 design to me. Also to consider is that the builder, Maxwell Construction, designed bridges that, at least as far as the ones listed on Bridgehunter go, seem to be mostly from the late 1920's and early 1930's. A 1912 date would be an outlier for them.

Baptist Ford Bridge
Posted July 3, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I know this bridge has two different build dates of 1912 and 1930. Which one is right?

Baptist Ford Bridge
Posted April 22, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I think this bridge was also used in the film Greater if the geography lines up.

Baptist Ford Bridge
Posted September 6, 2018, by Deron (stewmiller42 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Featured in teaser trailer for True Detective 3

Baptist Ford Bridge
Posted October 20, 2012, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I revisited this bridge on 20 October 2012: the trusses have been repainted grey.