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Cotter Bridge, Spanning White River at U.S. Highway 62, Cotter, Baxter County, AR



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Item Title


Location
Spanning White River at U.S. Highway 62, Cotter, AR

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER AR-15
Building/structure dates: 1930 initial construction
Significance: The Cotter Bridge is the only bridge in Arkansas known to be designed and engineered by the Marsh Engineering Company, a significant twentieth-century bridge-building company. Among the largest they ever designed, it is also an excellent example of the company's patented Marsh Rainbow Arch. A unique feature of the bridge is that it was constructed by means of a cableway, suspended across the river, over which all materials were transported to various parts of the structure. The Cotter Bridge was instrumental in making accessible a new region of the Ozarks, an important recreational area in the United States. It became Arkansas' first National Civil Engineering Landmark in 1986.

Subjects
Concrete Arch Bridges
Transportation
Bridge Construction


Related Names
Ruthven, R. M.
Marsh Engineering Company
Bateman Contracting Company
Bennett, Lola, Historian
Smith, Corinne, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. LOOKING NORTHWEST, GENERAL VIEW OF CONCRETE SPANDREL ARCH BRIDGE FROM ROADBED
2. LOOKING SOUTH, DISTANT VIEW OF BRIDGE
3. LOOKING SOUTHEAST, VIEW OF BRIDGE AND SURROUNDINGS
4. LOOKING NORTHEAST, GENERAL VIEW OF BRIDGE
5. VIEW OF CENTER SPAN OF BRIDGE FROM RIVERBED, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
6. VIEW OF CONCRETE RAINBOW ARCH SPAN WHICH CROSSES THE LINE OF THE MISSOURI-PACIFIC RAILROAD, LOOKING NORTHWEST
7. VIEW OF BRIDGE FROM UNDERNEATH SHOWING CONCRETE PIER AND CONCRETE DECK SUPPORT SYSTEM, LOOKING NORTHWEST
8. VIEW UNDERNEATH BRIDGE SHOWING CONCRETE GIRDER CONNECTION AT PIER, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
9. DETAIL VIEW OF DATEPLATES AT NORTHEAST CORNER OF BRIDGE
10. VIEW OF BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, SHOWING CENTRAL ARCH AND PIERS, WITH CABLEWAY ABOVE AND TOWER ON BACKGROUND
11. VIEW OF APPROACH SPAN UNDER CONSTRUCTION
12. VIEW, LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING CABLEWAY AND TRAM ABOVE AN ARCH UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WITH RAILROAD BRIDGE IN BACKGROUND
13. VIEW OF ARCH UNDER CONSTRUCTION
14. VIEW OF BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, SHOWING STEEL ARCHES IN FOREGROUND
15. VIEW, LOOKING WEST, SHOWING BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WITH APPROACH SPAN IN FOREGROUND
16. VIEW, LOOKING WEST, SHOWING ARCHES UNDER CONSTRUCTION
17. VIEW OF BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, TAKEN AT NIGHT
18. VIEW OF BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, TAKEN AT NIGHT
19. VIEW, LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING COMPLETED BRIDGE, WITH RAILROAD BRIDGE IN BACKGROUND


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