The historic Riverside Bridge will soon be moved to a new location downstream. The well-known Finley River structure will be restored to serve as a one-of-a-kind event setting and trail connection near the Ozark Mill to the recently-announced coffee and ice cream shop, The Post, according to a press release by Bass Pro Shops.
“The Riverside Bridge represents an important link between the past and the future,” Johnny Morris’s daughter, Megan, said in the release. Megan is actively involved in the Ozark Mill restoration, according to Bass Pro. “We intend to honor its rich history and celebrate its remarkable legacy of connecting people to [the] community and to the Finley River.”
Originally built in 1909, the Riverside Bridge was initially located next to the Ozark Mill. Craftsmen later determined the bridge wasn’t wide enough to properly serve its location and it was moved to its current site approximately a mile and a half away, the release said. The bridge has been closed since July 2105, when it was deemed unusable after experiencing a great deal of flood damage. When plans called to destroy the bridge, area residents teamed up with community officials and fought back through a nonprofit initiative.
The bridge is expected to be moved to its new location—where the infamous “Chadwick Flyer” railroad once crossed the Finley—by the end of the year. It will be installed following a review with the Army Corps of Engineers, according to the release. In addition, the Ozark Mill is nearing its final stages of planning, with further details to be announced soon. Bass Pro’s vision calls for a variety of amenities, including historical tours, dining, event space and enhanced riverfront access.