Woolsey Bridge, Planking Project
Organized by: Butch Wilson
Woolsey Bridge, south of West Fork, Arkansas, was slated for demolition. The Town of West Fork lobbied for and won the right to incorporate this historic bridge into the Razorback Greenway (Trail System). One of the many facets involved for restoring this bridge was re-planking the surface to its original 1925 form. The bid for this project was $168,000. Butch Wilson offered to use his Woodmizer sawmill and his labor to cut and dry the white oak planks necessary. Lee Guthrie has offered to chronicle this effort through Facebook and fundraising. Others who have assisted in this effort will be identified as the project proceeds. The council of West Fork is behind this project, and funds are being raised to do the actual moving and reconstruction. At this point, Butch has found a supply of white oak in Siloam Springs offered by Steven Odom and David Whitmore for the new planking, built a kiln to dry the planks, and is now in the process of producing them to be installed on the bridge once it is moved to its new home. This crowd funding is to reimburse Mr. Wilson and others for out-of-pocket expenses for building the kiln, gasoline, oil, and other operating expenses. All donations collected exceeding this very minimum reimbursement will be passed along to a general fund for relocation of the bridge. This is a good project and Mr. Wilson has given so much of his time. Will you help him? Questions? Call 479-387-5444.