2 votes

Tilly Willy Bridge


Tilly Willy Bridge

Water was very high

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in March 2009


BH Photo #136332


Street View 


Concrete culvert bridge over West Fork White River on CR 69 (Wilson Hollow Road) south of Fayetteville
Washington County, Arkansas
Replaced by new bridge
Built circa 1928; Replaced 2011
Primitive concrete low water culvert
Also called
West Fork White River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.01620, -94.14082   (decimal degrees)
36°00'58" N, 94°08'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/397199/3986347 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 42180 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 27, 2014: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • August 11, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge has been replaced
  • December 8, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Scheduled for replacement 2011
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Added GPS Info
  • April 1, 2009: Added by Gene McCluney



West Fork White River Bridge
Posted December 12, 2010, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I've done a little research and found out Tilly-Willy bridge was originally built as a dam with a road going over it. The dam supplied water for the city of Fayetteville and the openings that are there used to have gates to trap the water. When the dam was no longer needed, it was turned into a bridge.

West Fork White River Bridge
Posted December 8, 2010, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It looks like it could have been a dam. In the upstream low-water shot you can see a concrete sill just below the water surface, the water is smooth above the bridge and a little rippled coming through it. That would also explain why there's only two fairly small openings for a pretty long crossing.

West Fork White River Bridge
Posted July 8, 2010, by James Dickey SR (Proudnamvet [at] gmail [dot] com)

I recently visited this bridge, it is better know as the Tilly Willy Bridge Built on the site of the Matilda Wilson Ford.Still researching its origin. but hate to see it torn down

West Fork White River Bridge
Posted May 16, 2010, by Juliet Richey (julietnicole [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have heard that its origins were actually as a dam of sorts (the waterway openings could be opened and shut as needed), I wonder if that is why the rock substructure looks older.

West Fork White River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2009, by Joe White (joe [dot] onthefringe [at] gmail [dot] com)

April 21, 2009

Stamped in the concrete on the side of the bridge with the year 1928 and the name of the company who poured the concrete. The stone substructure of the bridge appears to be much older and possibly supported a wooden road deck prior to the 1928 concrete job.

In our research we could find no one who claimed to know when or by who the original bridge was built. The county is supposed to tear the bridge out in the next couple of years, before that happens it would be great if we could determine an origin for this bridge.