Smaller Rock, Big Bridge

Smaller Rock, Big Bridge (HM26ZJ)

Location: Little Rock, AR 72201 Pulaski County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 44.939', W 92° 16.003'

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La Petite Roche Historical Walk

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
tons 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 destroyed 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). Ultimately 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, and a new pier was constructed
off the Point of Rocks. With the decline in railroad
traffic, the Junction Bridge was redeveloped into
a pedestrian walkway in 2008.
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HM NumberHM26ZJ
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Date Added Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 567117 N 3845451
Decimal Degrees34.74898333, -92.26671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 44.939', W 92° 16.003'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 44' 56.34" N, 92° 16' 0.18000000000001" W
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Area Code(s)501
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Arkansas River Trail, Little Rock AR 72201, US
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