Rating:
1 vote

Poteau River Bridge

Photos 

All thats left is one pier, and one pier fragment at water level on the Oklahoma side of the river

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in October 2007

Enlarge

BH Photo #129830

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Poteau River on South E Street in Ft. Smith
Location
Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, and Sequoyah County, Oklahoma
Status
Lost
History
This was one of the first crossings from Ft. Smith into Oklahoma after the Civil War.
Builder
- Fort Smith and Choctaw Bridge Co.
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 200.0 ft.
Also called
E Street Bridge
Wagon Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.37853, -94.43279   (decimal degrees)
35°22'43" N, 94°25'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/369855/3915963 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fort Smith
Inventory numer
BH 38325 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2009: Updated by Gene McCluney: added data
  • February 17, 2009: Updated by David Backlin
  • December 8, 2008: Updated by Gene McCluney: added county
  • December 7, 2008: Added by Gene McCluney

Sources 

Comments 

Poteau River Bridge
Posted September 16, 2011, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

A recent article written at my request by local newspaper writer Ben Boulden on this bridge:

http://www.swtimes.com/features_col/ben_boulden/article_83e0...

Poteau River Bridge
Posted February 17, 2009, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Additional information regarding construction of the bridge can be found here:

http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol1/HTML_files/S...