Jill M. Rohrbach
War Eagle Bridge, built in 1907 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will close Thursday, June 24 for repairs. Plans call for improving the steel support along the bottom of the bridge and replacing the timber roadway. The steel will receive a fresh coat of black paint. It is expected to re-open Sept. 30, just in time for the fall arts and crafts shows the area is known for.
The 103-year old, single lane bridge spanning War Eagle Creek is a big draw to the area, along with the adjacent War Eagle Mill. The mill will be open during the bridge renovation.
Visitors coming from Benton County and the Eureka Springs area will not be affected by the bridge closure. Those coming from the south of the bridge will be taken along a detour. The temporary route is Highway 412 East to Highway 45 North to Highway 12 West to County Road 98/War Eagle Road. The Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area visitor center is just before the left turn onto County Road 98.
War Eagle Mill has been in existence since 1832. They grind fresh, organic, whole grain goodness daily. The three-story Mill is fun to explore. You can purchase their organic flours and meals, cereal and whole grains, gourmet whole grain and mixes, jams, syrups and preserves, salsas, cookbooks, kitchen wares, and so much more. You can also see the working water-powered grist mill and eat at the Mill’s Bean Palace Restaurant.