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Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Smaller Rock, Big Bridge

La Petite Roche Historical Walk

 
 
Smaller Rock, Big Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
1. Smaller Rock, Big Bridge Marker
Inscription. Post-Civil War, railroads became vital to the Arkansas economy. Point of Rocks was a natural support for a railroad bridge on the river. In October 1872, construction began at the Little Rock with several tons of rock removed from the landmark. The Gazette urged readers to "take a photograph of the 'Little Rock' from which our city derives its name, before it is destroyed by the ruthless hand of civilization." But it took 12 more years before the Junction Bridge was opened in 1884, the second on the river following the Baring Cross (1873). Ultimately a total of six bridges were built: Baring Cross, Junction, Rock Island, Broadway, Main Street and I-30. In the 1960s, engineers realized five of the six bridges would require modification for increased river navigation. In 1970, the swing span of the Junction Bridge was replaced with a lift span, and a new pier was constructed off the Point of Rocks. With the decline in railroad traffic, the Junction Bridge was redeveloped into a pedestrian walkway in 2008.
 
Location. 34° 44.939′ N, 92° 16.003′ W. Marker is in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from President Clinton Avenue. Touch for map. Located along the Arkansas Riverfront Trail.
Smaller Rock, Big Bridge Marker looking at the Junction Bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
2. Smaller Rock, Big Bridge Marker looking at the Junction Bridge.
Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock AR 72201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The "Little Rock" (a few steps from this marker); Witness to Removal (a few steps from this marker); One Old Rock (a few steps from this marker); It is River City (a few steps from this marker); The Big Rock and the Little Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); A Piece of the Rock, a Piece of History (within shouting distance of this marker); Arkansas in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Point of Rocks (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Rock.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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