Date Original



This collection contains the record of boat movement on the Arkansas River at the Rob Roy railroad bridge, and a set of operation instructions for the bridge.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Rob Roy railroad bridge is a lift-span railroad bridge in Jefferson County, Arkansas, northeast of Pine Bluff. In 1881, the Texas and St. Louis Railway sought to build a single railway line to connect St. Louis, Missouri, to Waco, Texas, primarily for shipping cotton to the Gulf of Mexico. Samuel Wesley Fordyce, Civil War veteran and a prominent railroad executive of the American South, plotted the proposed route through Arkansas, himself. Though construction was started in multiple locations to minimize delays, the stretch of railroad between Pine Bluff and Clarendon, Arkansas, saw greater delays due to many workmen contracting malaria. The company completed the route between Bird's Point, Missouri, and Gatesville, Texas, on August 12, 1883. A celebration was held on the Rob Roy River Bridge, where the president of the Texas and St. Louis Railway company, James W. Paramore, drove a silver spike into the railroad track to mark the occasion.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Jefferson County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Rob Roy River Bridge traffic log, MS.000185


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Rob Roy River Bridge traffic log, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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