Springfield-Des Arc Bridge, Spanning North Branch of Cadron Creek at Old Sprin, Springfield, Conway County, AR
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Spanning North Branch of Cadron Creek at Old Sprin, Springfield, AR
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER AR-32
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-6).
Building/structure dates: 1871 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1989 subsequent work
Significance: The Springfield-Des Arc Bridge is the oldest remaining highway bridge in Arkansas, as well as the only remaining iron bowstring arch bridge in the state. The bridge is an unaltered example of an iron tubular arch bridge design, patented by Zenas King in 1866. King is a significant nineteenth-century bridge builder, credited with being the first to develop a practical system for mass producing bowstring arch bridges.
King Bridge Manufactory & Iron Works
Preston, George B.
Bennett, Lola, Historian
Smith, Corinne, Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. GENERAL VIEW OF BOWSTRING TRUSS BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
2. GENERAL VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
3. ELEVATION VIEW OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
4. DETAIL VIEW OF TOP CHORD AND TOP CHORD CONNECTIONS NEAR NORTH CORNER OF BRIDGE, LOOKING WEST
5. DETAIL VIEW OF LATERAL BRACING POST, LOOKING WEST
6. DETAIL VIEW OF OUTRIGGER USED FOR LATERAL BRACING, LOOKING SOUTH
7. DETAIL VIEW OF TOP CHORD AND TOP CHORD CONNECTION
8. DETAIL VIEW OF BRIDGE END BEARING CONDITION, LOOKING NORTHWEST
9. DETAIL VIEW SHOWING STONE PIER, LOOKING NORTH
10. DETAIL VIEW SHOWING BRIDGE SEAT AND PIER, LOOKING SOUTH
11. DETAIL VIEW OF UNDERSIDE OF BRIDGE SHOWING DECK SUPPORT SYSTEM, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
12. DETAIL OF UNDERSIDE OF BRIDGE
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