Cairo and Fulton Railroad

April 21, 1927

A flood of the Arkansas River swept away about half of the Baring Cross Bridge built by the Cairo and Fulton Railroad. It had served for fifty-four years before the flood. The sixteen coal cars that had been placed on the bridge to help stabilize the structure were also lost. The new Baring Cross Bridge, built at a cost of $1.6 million, was opened as a double-track lift span on February 2, 1929. (more)