The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad

Joplin, MO to Helena, AR

This abandoned railway line was abandoned in 1946; until the abandonment of The New York, Ontario and Western Railroad, it was the longest rail abandonment in the U.S.

A segment of the route between Seligman, MO and Harrison, AR was operated as the Arkansas & Ozarks Railroad from 1948 to 1960.

Current remnants of the M&NA:

Thanks to Ross Warnell for contributing information.

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A large truss bridge in Shirley, AR is still intact and is used as a one lane auto bridge over the Little Red river.

Approx. 6 miles of M&NA R/W is to be opened and restored in Heber Springs to use as recreational trail.

In St.Joe, AR the original wood Depot has been restored for use as a museum for artifacts of the M&NA.

James Mitchell
Heber Springs, AR
4/16/2013

there is a trail at shirley starting where the depot was and going south east from Shirley on the r/w along Little Red river down to the cut below Shirley. Also below Shirley at Sandiff the road is on the r/w along the river. The r/w is very visible at Shirley.

Billy Burgess
Shirley, AR
7/31/2013

The St. Joe depot looks great after restortion. Unfortunately, it was not open 11/21/2013. Volunteers needed to open the building to visitors.

The roof on the depot at Leslie is failing. The situation is serious but not beyond hope. Significant replacement of wooden roof structure at eaves required. One would think the lumber company that owns it might donate materials if labor could be found for stabilization & repairs.

Randy Roberson
Little Rock, AR
11/22/2013

Harrison, AR Native and Boone Co. Museum member

Edgemont Cut is still visible from AR 16. New road filled in cut, old bridge over tracks is still in place about 150' south on old road alignment.

Old ROW visible along Libby Rd near the river and west of Heber Springs toward earthen dam on Greer's Ferry Lake. Trail along old ROW from old Heber yard location for a short distance RR south toward Pangburn

ROW in Pangburn visible in certain locations, and off and on between Letona and Crosby.

ROW in Searcy pretty much obliterated by four lane bypass.

ROW from Kensett south to the White River crossing is visible along the highway.

Embankment east of White River near Little Dixie.

Depot columns and foundation still there at Cotton Plant, hidden in brush. Some ROW visible at Cotton Plant.

ROW visible west of highway at Fargo but hard to locate east of road. Old interchange track location and yard location visible at Wheatley, and in several locations at Moro, Aubrey, Rondo, and where it crosses Ark. 1 west and north of Lexa.

Not a lot left in Helena, as the bypass wiped most of the main line and Outer Yard out.

Lynn Brown
Lenexa, KS
5/29/2015

Does anyone know if an individual could buy the depot from the lumber co . The depot would remain at least 60% original to its present state of originality . It would be totally refurbished . I love trains . I would use it as a part time vacation home. If the price is outrageous I would have to pass. I have been looking for a station agent bldg or small depot since seeing the movie " Station Agent ".

Edwin barron jr
Little rock ar, AR
8/25/2015

The right-of-way between Gilbert, AR and the Buffalo River crossing bridge piers heading east is now a hiking/horse trail on the buffalo National river.

Todd Boyers
Peel, AR
11/4/2015

YOU CAN ACTUALLY DRIVE ALONG THE OLD ROW BETWEEN KENSETT AND WEST POINT.

ALSO SE OF LETONA AT THE INTERSECTION OF MT.PISGAH RD. AND RICHARD LAUREN RD. THERE ARE THE BRIDGE ABUTMENTS FOR A SHORT BRIDGE OVER THE STREAM.

BETWEEN WEST POINT AND GEORGETOWN YOU CAN SEE THE ROW ON THE RH SIDE ALMOST ALL THE WAY DOWN ALONG RT. 36.

AT GEORGETOWN THERE IS A PARK NEXT TO THE RIVER AND YOU CAN

DRIVE IN AND FOLLOW THE ROAD NORTH AND SPOT THE ROW AND WALK IT TO THE BRIDGE ABUTMENT.

AT FARGO YOU CAN DRIVE IN NEXT TO THE OLD COTTON BELT MAIN TO WHERE THE TWO LINES CROSSED AND WALK THE OLD ROW TO M&A ROAD WHICH USES THE ROW.

DAVID KINGSBURY
CABOT, AR
12/26/2015

AT THE STATION IN BALD KNOB, AR. THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF RESTORING AN M&NA COMBINE CAR.

ALSO IF I REMEMBER RIGHT SECTIONS OF AR.337 BETWEEN HEBER SPRINGS AND PANGBURN ARE BUILT ON THE OLD ROW.

DAVID KINGSBURY
CABOT, AR
12/27/2015

The Buffalo River bridge piers near Gilbert are concrete, not stone. Rails dated 1902 lie in the water just below the bridge site. In 2010 I found a complete brake hose, including angle cock and broken train line, lying on the gravel bar above the bridge. Could this possibly be a relic of the bridge collapse in ( I think ) 1929? Water tank and depot foundations are near the trailhead at Gilbert canoe access.

Tony Anderson
Hackett, AR
7/23/2017