Smaller Rock - Big Bridge - Little Rock, Arkansas
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 34° 44.942 W 092° 16.001
15S E 567120 N 3845457
Quick Description: Historical marker giving a brief history of Junction Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 6/20/2010 5:57:51 AM
Waymark Code: WM92Y7
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member *TnT*
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Smaller Rock, Big Bridge

Post-Civil War, railroads became vital to the Arkansas economy.  Point of Rocks was a natural support for a railroad bridge on the river.  In October 1872, construction began at the Little Rock with several tones of rock removed from the landmark.  The Gazette urged readers to "take a photograph of the 'Little Rock' from which our city derives its name, before it is destoyed by the ruthless hand of civilization."  But it took 12 more years before the Junction Bridge was opened in 1884, the second on the river following the Baring Cross (1873).  Untimately a total of six bridges were built: Baring Cross, Junction, Rock Island, Broadway, Main Street and I-30.  In the 1960s, engineers realized five of the six bridges would require modification for increased river navigation.  In 1970, the swing span of the Junction Bridge was replaced with a lift span, a new pier was constructed off the Point of Rocks.  With the decline in railroad traffic, the Junction Bridge, was developed into a pedestrian  walkway in 2008.

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