Surprising Laws from the Past: Cows on the Main Street Bridge

Continuing our blog series on antiquated Arkansas laws, we’ve once again culled from our state’s rich history those Arkansas laws, codes, and ordinances that have fallen by the wayside and that, while still technically on the books, seem outdated and often hilarious by today’s standards.

Today’s gem regards exactly when you can drive your cows over Little Rock’s Main Street Bridge:

“Driving on Free Bridge – That hereafter it shall be unlawful to drive loose stock of any description or kind over the free bridge, situated at the foot of Main street, City of Little Rock except as between the hours of 10 o’clock p.m. and 4 o’clock a.m., 9 o’clock a.m. to 12 noon, 1 o’clock p.m. to 4 o’clock p.m.”

[Digest of the Laws and Ordinances of the City of Little Rock, § 392 (1904), Section 392]

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