Creator

Date Original

1905-04-13

Description

Black and white photograph of the old Powhatan swing bridge over the Black River. The Powhatan courthouse is in the upper left corner, and the Black River ferry is on the right side at roughly midpoint. Ferries were the primary means of crossing the Black River for decades before the first bridge was built across the river. The swing bridge replaced the ferry as the primary means of crossing the river. The last ferry to close was the Black River ferry near Powhatan in 1935. The old swing bridge was dismantled in 1957 and was soon after replaced by a metal trestle bridge.

Physical Description

Photograph, 10" x 7"

Subjects

Landscape photographs; Bridges; Swing bridges; Photography

Contributor

Barney Sellers

Geographical Area

Powhatan, Lawrence County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MSNE.0035, Box 11

Resource Type

Image

Collection

Powhatan Historic State Park collection, MSNE.0035

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Powhatan swinging bridge, Powhatan Historic State Park collection, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

Comments

There are very few pictures remaining of the swing bridge and ferry which were the primary means of access to Powhatan from the Eastern District of Lawrence County which was across the river. It helps bring the past to life and provide visual context for many of the court records in our collection. - Meredith McFadden

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