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Illinois River Bridge


Barricade at West Approach

Photo taken by David Backlin in March 2007


BH Photo #124727


Street View 


Abandoned through truss bridge over Illinois River on Old US 62
Cherokee County, Oklahoma
Removed but not replaced
Built circa 1920; Bypassed by new alignment of US 62 and abandoned 1964; torn down 2017
One pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
One pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.92304, -94.92339   (decimal degrees)
35°55'23" N, 94°55'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/326470/3977121 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37440 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


7-panel truss (362)
Built during 1920s (9,483)
Cherokee County, Oklahoma (17)
Have street view (25,411)
Lally columns (299)
Lost (22,265)
Lost 2017 (210)
Lost during 2010s (2,880)
Oklahoma (1,972)
Owned by county (20,054)
Pin-connected (3,697)
Pratt through truss (5,008)
Pratt truss (8,743)
Through truss (14,045)
Truss (31,235)
US 62 (78)

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 11, 2014: New photo from Bryce Denny
  • July 1, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • October 4, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Abandoned 1964
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Added built date
  • December 27, 2008: Updated by David Backlin: Added GPS Info
  • December 3, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • September 16, 2008: Added by David Backlin



Illinois River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Illinois River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2011, by Mike Spivey (lefturn99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow what a story.

Illinois River Bridge
Posted June 20, 2010, by M

Oct. 25 1970...at the end of the dirt road (turn around) I witnessed my father trying to drown my pregnant mother. He tried to hog-tied her with a chain. I believe we were one of the last people to cross this bridge back then. I remember a car having to back down that ramp, because of the cracking of the boards. I would be punished here for saving my mom's life. This was my father's first attempt on my mother's life.

Illinois River Bridge
Posted January 16, 2009, by randy rogers (dezrtratt [at] yahoo [dot] com)

what memories! i can remember driving across this bridge just for the fun of it. we used to swim and fish here. i thought for sure it was gone. happy to see it isnt.