Big Bend in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Sarto Old Iron Bridge
Prior to 1913, floodwaters from the nearby Mississippi, Atchafalaya, and Red Rivers frequently forced the evacuation of people, livestock and property in the Big Bend area. The Avoyelles Parish Police Jury in 1915 authorized the construction of an elevated permanent bridge over Bayou des Glaises at Sarto Lane. The steel truss swing bridge was completed in 1916 for vehicular and boat traffic. This parish landmark is a rare surviving example of its type and is honored by being the first bridge in Louisiana listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Jusqu'en 1913, les crues du Mississippi, tout proche, et des rivières Red (Rouge) et Atchafalaya obligeaient fréquemment hommes et bétail à fuir la zone dite du "Big Bend". En 1915, le Conseil de la Paroisse des Avoyelles autorisa la construction d'un pont, enjambant le Bayou des Glaises au lieu dit "Sarto Lane". Sa construction fut achevée en 1916, et la pont servait à la fois pour le passage des véhicules et des bateaux. Cet ouvrage historique est l'um des derniers exemples de ce type de
Erected 1990 by Avoyelles Parish Police Jury and The People of Avoyelles.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 31° 4.42′ N, 91° 47.592′ W. Marker is in Big Bend, Louisiana, in Avoyelles Parish. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 451 and Iron Bridge Crossing, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 451. Previously known as Sarto Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8554 LA-451, Moreauville LA 71355, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. What is the Sarto Bridge? (a few steps from this marker); Bayou Des Glaises (a few steps from this marker); Big Bend: Development of a Community (a few steps from this marker); A Historic Landmark (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Sarto Old Iron Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Buddy Guy (approx. 5½ miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away); White Hall Plantation House (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Bend.
More about this marker. Located at the Big Bend Museum
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 195 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 15, 2017.