An historic bridge in Fulton County has been granted the distinction of being put on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Arkansas State Highway 289 Bridge over English Creek that is between Mammoth Spring and Saddle is now on the country's official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) Director Frances McSwain announced Feb. 4.
The Pratt thru-truss bridge is an iron monster that takes a person's breath away as they approach it, but it is also architecturally beautiful with its serene, rural backdrop.
The bridge was built in 1929 by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company to safely transport tourists across the creek as they went to see the large spring at Mammoth Spring.
The Pratt thru-truss bridge was designed in 1844 by Thomas and Caleb Pratt, according to the National Register of Historic Places registration form. Early truss bridges were made with wood, but this bridge is made from concrete and steel to carry heavy loads. The total structure length of the bridge is 153.8 feet with a Pratt thru-truss span of 122 feet.
"The Pratt thru-truss was a popular choice for bridges on Arkansas roads and highways throughout the early 20 century," according to the National Register nomination. "Since the bridge opened to traffic in 1929, it has remained in continuous use, and today, remains a vital transportation link in this rural part of Fulton County. It is also an excellent example of a Pratt thru-truss produced by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company."
Other Arkansas properties that are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places include:
* The Mike Meyer Disfarmer Gravesite at Heber Springs in Cleburne County.
* The Earl Building at Morrilton in Conway County.
* Ridgeway Hotel Historic District at Monticello in Drew County.
* Southwestern Proving Ground Building No. 4 and No. 129 near Hope in Hempstead County.
* Ephesus Cemetery near Emmett in Nevada County.
* Little Rock to Cantonment Gibson Road -- Fourth Street Segment at Atkins in Pope County.
* Block 35 Cobblestone Alley and West Seventh Street Historic District at Little Rock in Pulaski County.
* Illinois River Bridge at Phillips Ford near Savoy in Washington County.
* Camden to Washington Road, Rosston Segment near Rosston in Nevada County.
* Dardnelle Historic District at Dardnelle in Yell County.
For more information on the National Register of Historic Places program, write to the AHPP at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, call the agency at 501-324-9880, send an e-mail to email@example.com or go to the AHPP Web site at www.arkansaspreservation.org.