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This is a list of all 4 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Bear Creek. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1939 Swinging
Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi, USA (Bear Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:850
O'Donnell ID:401
Coordinates:N 34.605183 W 88.17955
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~190f
Notes
  • Likely built by the CCC. Has an interesting zig-zag pattern of suspenders. The suspenders are inclined and are continuous across the bridge, like a shoelace with one set of eyelets at deck level and the other set of eyelets along the main cables. I can't recall ever seeing another bridge like it.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1941 Haggard Ford
Harrison vicinity, Arkansas, USA (Bear Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:199
O'Donnell ID:378
Coordinates:N 36.3458 W 93.1305
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:WPA, Jess Chaney
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:160f
Notes
  • Located about eight miles north of Harrison. According to plaque at bridge, restored 1977.
  • I was originally unsure if this was built as a vehicular bridge because it looks barely wide enough to have accomodated one lane of traffic, but after visiting the bridge, it definitely appears to be wide enough to accomodate one narrow lane of traffic and it appears the road was previously aligned to carry traffic over the bridge. Gene McCluney writes: "I visited this bridge [in the Summer of 2007] and talked to an adjacent landowner a couple weeks ago. It seems this bridge was closed in 1962 due to instability in one of the piers, and the crossing reverted to a ford or low water crossing until about four years ago when the new vehicular bridge was built. So, there was a suspension bridge in-use there for 20 years, then 40 years of "low water" type crossing, then just recently a new vehicle bridge."
  • See www.bridgehunter.com: Historic Bridges of the United States - Haggard's Ford Swinging Bridge - Boone County, Arkansas.
Photo by David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Baldwin vicinity, Iowa, USA (Bear Creek - Eden Valley County Refuge)
Bridgemeister ID:1875
O'Donnell ID:531
Coordinates:N 42.04455 W 90.86093
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:90f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Bear Creek
Valdez vicinity, Alaska, USA (Bear Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1187
Use:Vehicular
Notes
  • Carried Richardson Highway across Bear Creek circa 1930's and earlier.
  • Alaska Digital Archives identifier UAF-2003-63-179 shows a very similar (or the same) suspension bridge as crossing Sheep Creek on the Valdez Trail but they also note a potential discrepancy with another image in the archive that labels the bridge as carrying the Richardson Highway.

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