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LRWN - Petit Jean River Relief Bridge


Petit Jean River Relief Railroad Bridge

Photo showing profile from creek bed.

Photo taken by J. Randall Houp in March 2012


BH Photo #226557


Beginning at the east portal of the pass-through truss and crossing the pony plate qirder going west has all been abandoned by the Little Rock Western Railroad.

Brief history 

Written by J. Randall Houp

It appears that this bridge most likely replaced an earlier all wood railroad trestle. No builders plaque found on bridge so I speculate from the date found on the cement pier that this is also the date that the pony plate qirder was constructed across the relief at this time. This bridge is located roughly 30 yards west of the pass through truss railroad bridge across the Petit Jean River in Danville. The rails continue west from this point for an undetermined distance. I was unable to explore further due to fallen trees and other obstructions.


Pony plate girder
Danville, Yell County, Arkansas
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1918. Former: Rock Island Railroad.
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad (CO&G)
- Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W)
- Little Rock & Western Railway (LRWN)
Pony plate girder
Also called
RI - Petit Jean River Relief Bridge
CO&G - Petit Jean River Relief Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.06173, -93.39040   (decimal degrees)
35°03'42" N, 93°23'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/464401/3879958 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 51588 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 4, 2012: Essay added by J. Randall Houp


  • J. Randall Houp