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Wards Crossing Bridge



Photo taken May 2006 by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #101296


Through truss bridge over Fourche LaFave on River Road/Sunlight Bay Road southwest of Plainview
Yell County, Arkansas
Open to one-lane traffic
Built 1905 by the Converse Bridge Co. of Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Converse Bridge Co. of Chattanooga, Tennessee
Pin-connected, 9-panel Camelback Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 159.7 ft.
Total length: 240.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.94485, -93.32794   (decimal degrees)
34°56'41" N, 93°19'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/470054/3866976 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
AHTD 17693 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10692 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 22, 2011: New photos from Lisa Hyde
  • July 4, 2010: New photos from Fredrick Garcia
  • July 4, 2008: Posted to National Register on June 4, 2008
  • June 2, 2006: Posted photos from Wayne Kizziar and info from Charles Bowden



Wards Crossing Bridge
Posted July 24, 2021, by David g (dcg [dot] 1380 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Wards Crossing Bridge
Posted September 14, 2015, by Derek Gossage (bittersweetsunrise [at] derpymail [dot] org)

Wow, Jason! I tried to access this bridge back in May this year, but at the time the area was experiencing moderate flooding, and it was inaccessible. Earlier today (the 14th) I wondered if it was even still there after the floods: As I live in south Texas, I have no feasible way of checking this myself, so I headed on over here in the hopes that perhaps someone knew. Low and behold, that very same day! Thank you very much!

Wards Crossing Bridge
Posted September 14, 2015, by Jason Hann (geighcun [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Visited September 2nd, 2015. From the photo it is obvious that this bridge is flooded on occasion. The lower portions of the superstructure are rusty and there is quite a bit of debris (limbs) on the deck. The deck is in decent condition at the moment, though one runner board was curled up. It really ought to be painted to help preserve this bridge.

Drove across in an F-150, so it is still safe enough for light traffic.

Wards Crossing Bridge
Posted July 4, 2010, by Fredrick Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on 3 & 4 July 2010. Tried to visit in early May but access roads were all submerged by Lake Nimrod. Lake level appeared to have been up to at least the bridge deck level as debris has accumulated on the bridge and lodged underneath. Lake has been drasticly drawndown and corrosion is visible on the lower third of the Lanny columns. The running boards are in deplorable condition and completely missing on one track of the south approach. Many loose, warped, dislocated or rotted boards. The decking timbers however appear to be sound. Bridge metal 'clanks' when vehicles drive across. Noticed that long ago metal plates were cheek welded to the vertical supporting members. The bridge is safe to drive across and I did so on both visit days, once in a Toyota Corolla and again in a Ford Van. I will add a few photos to this posting to show some additional details, mainly that the connection pins are held in place by large cotter pins (usually it is with large nuts). Also wanted to show the underneath structure.

Wards Crossing Bridge
Posted August 3, 2007, by Dylan (kswx29 [at] cox [dot] net)

So exactly how safe is this bridge to cross? It looks a bit scary not having any guard rails and such. I'm not sure if that area gets and Ice or Snow but it would be a bit hard driving across it with Snow or Ice. It looks Beautiful tho!

Wards Crossing Bridge
Posted November 12, 2006, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited the Wards Crossing Bridge today, 12 Nov. 06, and it has much of the same characteristics of the Old River Bridge on the Saline in Benton. I asked a few people I encountered about date built, but none were in the know. Does anyone have data about when built, length of span, etc. I'm sure it was there before Lake Nimrod was created. Bridge is regularly used especially now during hunting season. Some of the running boards have decayed. I was walking on the bridge when a pickup drove across and the bridge seemed pretty sound. Appears to be higher above surface water than most pin connected's. I could get decent photos of the entire bridge from the south bank about 200 yards upstream. Both approaches are ramped like the Wallace Bridge and you almost have to drive slightly up the approach to see if any vehicles are coming across. No guard rails on the bridge or ramps.

Wards Crossing Bridge
Posted June 2, 2006, by charles bowden (mtmn96 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

In the same day i first found the historic Bowstring bridge on the Petit Jean, i later got to go to and photograph this beautiful long camel back truss bridge on the Fourche (the photos to be posted here are Wayne's, not mine). THANKS again to BOB KNIGHT, he directed me to this bridge also. this bridge is great and in a beautiful spot on the river, ENJOY.