Plan Would Bring New Use To Old Fort Smith Bridge

Aug 12, 2013

A bridge completed during World War II has been rediscovered in Fort Smith and parks officials plan to incorporate the structure into a nature trail.

The trail around Torraine Lake, also known as Stick Lake is at Ben Geren Regional Park.

Officials say the bridge was completed in 1941. The bridge area has been cleared of decades' worth of buildup of trees and brush.

The Southwest Times Record reports the bridge is on landfill property owned by Fort Smith.

Fort Smith's city council is to vote Aug. 20 on a measure that would allow the area to be incorporated into the trail.

The land was once part of Fort Chaffee and other historical structures are in the area, including old homesteads and World War II-era pillboxes.