Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Bridges: The first successful major bridge was the Baring Cross completed in 1873. Pontoon bridges attempted earlier had been unsuccessful because of the strong currents during high water.
The Junction Bridge, which rests on 'the little rock," was completed in November, 1884, and a station was built at Markham and Commerce. By 1886 or '87, rails were laid along the riverfront between the two bridge areas.
A third railroad bridge crossing at McLean Street was built about 1898, and the train station built at Second and McLean still stands today.
The automobile bridges at Main and Broadway were built in the 1920's.
River traffic was the primary means of commerce until it was replaced by rail traffic after the Civil War. The Eagle was the first steamboat to arrive at Little Rock in 1822. By the 1830's, steamboat traffic was a weekly occurance, except during the low water summer months. By 1853, there were 317 steamboats during an eight-month period.
There were two steamboat landings, known as the upper and lower landings. The upper landing comprised all the vacant space north of Water Street and to the river in the original city to the Quapaw Line. The lower landing was just below the little rock. Riverboat traffic declined during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Not until the McClellan-Kerr Waterway Project in the mid-twentieth century did river traffic begin to grow again.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 34° 44.943′ N, 92° 16.032′ W. Marker is in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from President Clinton Avenue. Located along the Arkansas River Trail near the Junction Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock AR 72201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Little Rock Campaign - Riverfront Park (here, next The Point of Rocks (here, next to this marker); Arkansas in the Civil War (here, next to this marker); Settlements (a few steps from this marker); It is River City (within shouting distance of this marker); Smaller Rock, Big Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Casimir Pulaski (within shouting distance of this marker); Witness to Removal (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Rock.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.