One of our favorite places in the
area around Flippin is Cotter, which is technically
in the neighboring county of Baxter. The town itself is small, but the
endearing quality is the fine old Rainbow Bridge that connects Marion
and Baxter Counties at the White River. The Cotter Bridge is a real beauty
and it sits over a beautiful park on the White River. Here are some area
views of the Bridge & Park at Cotter, AR. The official name of the
is the R.M. Ruthven bridge. It was named after a local judge who obtained
the approval for the bridge. This type of bridge was patented by James
in 1912 and Marsh Engineering designed this bridge.
This is one of the places that has attracted us to this area
of the Ozarks. The Cotter (Rainbow)
Bridge was built in 1930 and was an important facet in the transportation of the
1930's Northern Arkansas. The bridge is in the small hamlet of Cotter and
across the White River connecting Marion County to Baxter County.
more about the history of this beautiful bridge by visiting the Cotter website
In 2004 a local group raised money to light the spans of the
bridge with 3000-5000 lights
which come on at dusk. The lighting was part of a $6 million renovation
done in 2004
to celebrate the Centennial of Cotter which was booming railroad town in 1904.