Bridges


mtforkbridgeHistoric Mountain Fork
Bridge

1907
Hatfield, Polk County Arkansas


This bridge is still in use.  You "City Slickers" might shake in your boots as you drive your new car over this somewhat antiquated bridge, but the locals who live out this way have no fears--well few fears!

So what happens if you meet someone half way across–it is a one lane bridge of course–well, you simply decide who has the right-of-way.  If you are driving a car and a big truck pulling a cattle trailer comes at you, back out and give him the right-of-way. Otherwise, it is all courtesy, and who got there first.  

This scene shows the bridge spanning the Mountain Fork river during a flood.  I drove across it twice, and there were at least three cars and trucks behind me, so it appeared safe.  However, I have several pictures of it almost completely washed off its pilings.  I was amazed that it was repaired, as I thought sure it would have to be destroyed and a new bridge constructed.  Regardless of its hazards, I'd sure hate to see it go.


The Mena Star
10/17/1907

TWO MORE STEEL BRIDGES

BOARD CAMP AND MOUNTAIN FORK TO BE SPANNED AT DANGEROUS CROSSING—NEW STRUCTURES TO COST ABOUT $5500

At the recent session of county court an appropriation was made for the building of two more steel bridges in this county, one to be erected across Board Camp creek on the Hot Springs road and the other one across Mountain Fork west of Hatfield.

The bridge to be built over Board Camp creek will have a span of about 75 feet and will probably cost in the neighborhood of $1,500.

The one over Mountain Fork will be considerably larger, being about 200 feet long, and will cost about $4000.

Judge Prickett in company with a representative of a bridge construction company drove out to Board Camp Wednesday and will select a location for the bridge and as soon as the plans for the two structures can be completed the contracts will be awarded and work commenced.

The county has just recently completed the erection of two steel bridges, one across the Ouachita river and the other one across Irons fork and with the addition of the two new ones travel will be greatly improved.

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