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:

  • Seligman to Junction (Eureka Springs, AR) embankment still visible in Butler Creek Hollow. Portions of timber trestle still standing crossing Butler Creek at Table Rock Lake. Right-of-way converted to walking trail Butler Creek to Beaver, AR. Steel truss bridge over Table Rock Lake (White River) and cut through bluffs (Narrows) still in place. Right-of-way visible at Elk Ranch.
  • Right-of-way drivable from AR Route 23 crossing at Junction for approximately 1 mile east. Concrete foundations of coaling tower and water tank are visible.
  • Junction to Eureka Springs (3.5 miles) reconstructed circa 1980 as Eureka Springs and North Arkansas (tourist line). Handsome stone 1914 station still in service as ES&NA depot.
  • Portions of right-of-way between Eureka Springs and Harrison still visible. Tunnel in Livingston Hollow 2.5 miles east of Junction is collapsed and dangerous to enter.
  • Depot in Berryville, AR is still in use. Parts of the right-of-way around the old fair grounds and Hamby Lumber Company are still visible.
  • Stone piers and south abutment of Crooked Creek Bridge still visible.
  • Plate girder bridge still in place off AR Route 333 approximately 3 miles west of Gilbert, Ark.
  • Stone piers of bridge across Buffalo River still visible 2 miles east of Gilbert, Ark.
  • Stone 1914 station still standing at Leslie, AR
  • Bridge abutments still standing at Shirley, AR.
  • No traces of the line south of Shirley are visible.

—  User Comments  —

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

The depot in Wheaton, Missouri has been restored by the city to like new status. It is open to the public four afternoons a week. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a caboose there also.

Knial Williams
Seligman, MO
6/18/2019

The M&NA Railroad Depot Museam Group is installing 150' of original M&NA 65 pound rail rescued from Heber Springs area. The work is all done by volunteers and should be usable by fall of 2019. Group plans to operate a 1934 Farmont speeder fully restored and operational. It is also original from the M&NA in the Harrison Area.

Donations are welcome.

James Mitchell
Eureka Springs, AR
6/18/2019

The R O W has been Black topped now for several years starting at the west end of Second street at city limits of Pangburn . It was named Dripping Springs Road. The R O W was followed for a little over 1 mile. At that point Dripping Springs road turned right down the hill to Drippings Springs boat dock on Little Red River.

Jerry Vernon
Pangburn, AR
6/23/2019

Some time in the 1970 s ( I think ), a construction company was plowing in a fiber optic cable from Heber Springs, Ar. to Searcy Ar. They were following the ROW (right of way) from St. Highway 337 (Libby route) to Pangburn. Just west of Pangburn they plowed into a culvert made of cut stone, the Rail road Co. had installed when building the railroad. The ROW was elevated about 10 ft. at this point. The culvert was damaged but not destroyed. (or so they thought).

The damage slowed the run off flow some but not that much. but this was just enough to give the Beaver a chance to build a pretty nice Dam. This created a good size wet land. It also forced the run off to travel west down the ROW.

The next Culvert was the one in Patton Hollow. Patton was and is stil a large bowl shaped valley. The crossing at Patton Hollow was the longest and tallest on this end of the line. The first was a wooden trestle with fill about 1/4 mile on each side. It was 50 to 70 ft above the stream. The Pangburn museum had a picture of this with a Locomotive sitting atop of the trestle. It was soon condemned be the rail road co. main office. It was replaced by three box culverts made of cut stone.They were 4 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide. They were near 100 ft king. School children often walked through the tunnels.(I am afraid of snakes so I never did this, but my siblings did).

These culverts served well for for over one hundred years, even with the over load caused by the damaged culvert east of Patton Hollow. But there was also excessive timber harvesting on the mountain side, clearing timber for farm land, hard surfacing roads and building pads for Fayetteville Shale gas pads.

The record rainfall in a two week period ended with a 14 in. over the weekend. On Feb 18, 2018 the Patton Hollow fill under the ROW (blew out). The homes along the River received damage from the mud slide coursing down pushing trees and mud against their homes washing away the riverbanks right up to their basement wall. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage were left behind. WHAT MEN, MULES, AND STEAM BUILT, NEGLECT NATURE AND TIME TOOK AWAY.

Jerry Vernon
Pangburn, AR
8/5/2019