Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
Self Creek Bridge
Self Creek Bridge

SELF CREEK BRIDGE, DAISY VIC., PIKE COUNTY

SUMMARY

Constructed in 1949, the Self Creek Bridge is associated with the multiple property listing “Historic Bridges of Arkansas” under the associated historic context “Post World War II Era” and is of the open spandrel concrete masonry deck arch type. The D.F. Jones Construction Company of Little Rock in conjunction with the Arkansas State Highway Commission erected the bridge for a cost of $287,624.77. Given its intact condition is retains sufficient integrity to remain associated with its historic period; it is thus locally eligible under Criterion C.

ELABORATION

The Lake Greeson (Narrows Dam and Reservoir) project was authorized by the Flood Control act of 1941 as amended in 1944. Construction of the Dam was completed in 1950 with the Self Creek Bridge being completed the year before. Flood control and hydroelectric power were the authorized purposes of the project, though recreational fishing and boating are two of the tourist attractions the man-made lake now provides. A total of 15,953 acres were acquired for the project. Approximately 111 acres were sold for private home sites. The dam and lake were the result of the efforts of Martin White Greeson for whom the lake was renamed around 1976. Until that time the lake was known as Narrows Lake for the dam that formed it.

The creation of the new lake necessitated a re-routing of Hwy 70 and in turn the creation of two new bridges. A letter from the Corps of Engineers dated 18 December 1945, states that, “the choice between the arch and truss structural types should be governed by economic considerations.” As the designs progressed, the deck arch structural type was chosen over the truss structural type, and the only change to the final plans was a lengthening of the overall span of the bridge.

SIGNIFICANCE

Completed in 1949, the Self Creek Bridge is associated with the multiple property listing “Historic Bridges of Arkansas” under the associated historic context “Post World War II Era” and is of the open spandrel concrete masonry deck arch type. As the best example of this type of bridge in Pike County, it is locally eligible under Criterion C.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Murfreesboro Diamond, 15 July 1976.

“Lake Greeson Field Office Report”, August 1985.

War Department Corps of Engineers Office of the Division of Engineer to Garver, N.B. (Chief Engineer Arkansas State Highway Commission) 18 December 1945. Archives, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, Little Rock.