Recent Oklahoma Comments

Post a comment Contact webmaster

Posted October 3, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If the water was down you could motorboat right through that puppy!

Posted October 2, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

That Google image of the span in the river is awesome

Posted October 2, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Actually Gene. That was a false statement from the oldtimer. , the bridge was moved. And raised when the lake become a lake. I think they moved it in 1964. They actually moved it about 1/4 mile north. Or upriver from where it was. There is an island on south side of the bridge. It was just on the south end of that. Alot of people, think the bridge was up river where the old RR bridge embuttments are. But it wasnt.

Posted September 30, 2017, by John Marvig

Looks like a relocated and reused railroad bridge to me

Posted September 23, 2017, by Don Morrison

Historic maps show no tracks other than the present ones, so the train must've crossed the RR bridge near Rte 66 shortly before the head-on collision.

Posted September 22, 2017, by John Marvig

I may be reaching here, but it kinda looks like this one is narrow and heavy enough to have been a railroad bridge. Perhaps the previous comment also points to this?

Posted September 22, 2017, by denise riley (deniserriley [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Is this the bridge that was just passed over before the tragic train wreck of 1917? Or was the one closer to Hwy 66 the bridge?

Posted September 19, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Before someone comments about the dangers of kids being on this RR bridge, this bridge is a spur line, that use to go over to a near by plant thats been shut down for over 30 years, only use this bridge gets now is backed up traffic as they add some cars. So not much chance of getting caught on the bridge.

Posted September 17, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge has been replaced, with new bridge, old bridge no longer exists.

Posted September 11, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Is there a reason to think this bridge ever carried the Jefferson Highway?

Posted July 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If you look at Google Streetview from 2013, you can see the remains of this bridge on a sandbar in the river.

Posted July 15, 2017, by David Cathey (david [dot] cathey59 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this one in July 2017. Deck appears to have been recently refurbished.

Posted July 11, 2017, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan, please add my voice to yours. Definitely an American treasure worth of restoration and preservation.

Posted June 23, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bridge has been replaced by UCEB. As of 6-22-2017, paving of the new road is still underway

Posted June 12, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It was still a worthwhile visit, because now we know it is a product of the Canton Bridge Company due to the portal bracing design. Nice work!

Posted June 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice find! Looks like a Canton Bridge Co. product to me. I don't know of any other company that used that X style cresting.

Posted June 12, 2017, by Debbie Yell (dkyell [at] gmail [dot] com)

Really overgrown, so couldn't get a good picture.

Posted May 30, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

No NBI info available. Bridge dates have been obliterated

Posted May 30, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Date is uncertain. The original listing had this along modern-day US 69. Although I corrected the coordinates, the NBIseems to have no info on this bridge.

Posted May 30, 2017, by Robert (priddy74464 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There building a new bridge along the side of this one. So this will be removed in the near future. All the old iron bridges are far and few anymore.

Posted May 13, 2017, by Rhys Martin (rhysfunk [at] gmail [dot] com)

Stopped by today; the new bridge is completed and the old bridge is, indeed, open to pedestrian traffic.

Posted May 8, 2017, by Anonymous

Low Clearance Barrier

Posted May 1, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

New bridge under construction immediately east of this bridge.

Posted April 21, 2017, by John Marvig

The issue that I see is the approach on one end was removed to make room for a park project a couple years back.

Posted April 21, 2017, by Anonymous

But if they would just fix up the historic bridge, they would be right on Target.

Posted April 21, 2017, by Matt Lohry

Since the new bridge will likely be a bland, mundane MOB, they should make the trail lead to as many Wal-marts as possible...

Posted April 20, 2017, by Anonymous

A post in the comments section suggests that the bridge is unsafe for a short length near one end.

So they're going to tear it down and build a wonderful new bridge that will last 100 years.

Maybe they will change the trail's name to "The Money Trail". It would be interesting to see where that trail goes.

Posted April 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is too bad. It is hard to convince people to see the value in truss bridges. Of course, people didn't see the value in historic buildings of any type during the urban renewal of the 1950s and 1960s. Now we have come to regret those mistakes.

Posted April 20, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Robert,

What I'm reading out of the article isn't deterioration. They just want to place a modern bridge there instead. Such shameless wastefulness.

Posted April 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, a bridge that once carried trains has been allowed to deteriorate to the point that it cannot carry pedestrians? A little paint and an occasional cleaning does wonders for preserving metal. This is a lot cheaper than replacing a bridge.

Not maintaining a bridge and then replacing it is like junking a three year old car because the tires are bald.

Posted April 20, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/public-input-sought-for...

Seems extremely wasteful and stupid to me...

Posted April 20, 2017, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is doomed.

Posted April 19, 2017, by Shawn Bridgman (shawnbridgman [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Old bridge dismantled and removed. New concrete bridge alongside

Posted April 18, 2017, by Matt Lohry

Nope, it's in Okmulgee County, about 1000' north of the McIntosh County line. If you have pics, please post; we'd like to see them, as there currently aren't any.

Posted April 17, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Obviously the person who posted this bridge knows nothing about it first off I am pretty positive its in Mckintosh County, not Okmulgee, 2nd its far from being derilict, in fact its in pristine shape , I have plenty of photos to back that up

Posted March 30, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, these bridges take some work. They don't maintain themselves. Hats off to J.P. for talking with the landowner. Preserving bridges takes partnerships. We have to build good relations with landowners, especially in states where these bridges get conveyed to private landowners.

Posted March 30, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Stone abuts and wingwalls suggest a pre-1900 span. He will need to cut those trees out if he wants to keep it around for a while, as the roots are damaging the substructure.

Posted March 30, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A gentlemen named Kevin Decker contacted me and He bought the land this bridge is on and provided me with the photos. He was able to verify that the bridge existed on his 70 plus acres because of this website.

Posted March 18, 2017, by walter murrow (walter [dot] murrow [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced recently

Posted March 16, 2017, by Jay Bissell (jay_54714 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is closed now (March, 2017.)

Posted March 16, 2017, by Mark W Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No longer exists, has been replaced by a new bridge

Posted March 16, 2017, by Mark W Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Does anyone know if this was the bridge in place when the Jefferson Highway went through the area.

Posted March 7, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't really have time to research which railroad this was, but if you look closely you will see what I believe to be a pratt deck truss.

Posted February 2, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge still stands but deck is removed.

Posted January 31, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I think a lot of times the local farmer asks if they can just leave the bridge (thinking they might use it elsewhere on the farm) then like many "projects" they never get around to it, or it turns out to be more work than its worth. We have a few such bridges in the Thumb of Michigan.

Posted January 31, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That would be great. Those Canton plaques are awesome! They appear on a few of their pony trusses.

Posted January 31, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on google imagery, bridge may have been left on dry land just south of the bridge. Maybe it was left to the property owner to reuse.

Posted January 27, 2017, by Anonymous

This bridge was not demolished in 1931. Although ordered closed as a result of the "Red River War" due to conflicts with the free bridge constructed just upstream in 1931 the 1915 bridge remained in use by local residents who bypassed barriers for a shortened route between Denison TX and southeastern Bryan County OK.

In 1961 a gas pipeline carried below the bridge caught fire destroying the center span. The southern span survived but was salvaged soon after.

Posted January 22, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge no longer exist, replaced with new concrete bridge

Posted January 22, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge no longer exists

Which is a shame since it was a simple Warren Pratt truss without uprights, pretty rare for Oklahoma.

Posted January 19, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

One of the sections that still remain. Is a Camelback Truss, the Far North truss.

The other one is a Parker.

Since there is only 3-4 Camelbacks left in the State , i thought this should be noted.

Posted January 19, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

One of the sections that still remain. Is a Camelback Truss, the Far North truss.

The other one is a Parker.

Since there is only 3-4 Camelbacks left in the State , i thought this should be noted.

Posted January 19, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge has been replaced. No longer exists.

Posted January 19, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is NOT a camelback bridge. , i will upload new photos soon.

Posted January 11, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No longer exists, replaces by new bridge

Posted January 11, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No Longer Exists, replaced by new bridge

Posted January 11, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No longer exists, replaced by new bridge 2016

Posted January 11, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Status: No Longer exist

Posted January 4, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Very cool !!

Posted January 3, 2017, by Mark brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No its not on dry land

Posted December 30, 2016, by Tony Anderson (scout2tony [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of November 2016, the steel stringers are gone. Perhaps to improve clearance, but more likely to prevent collapse. Only the concrete abutments remain.

Posted December 25, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yep, looks like a potential bedstead - assuming that the vertical endposts extend through the deck. This one looks like it might have been built ca. 1900, which would make it a rather old bridge for Oklahoma.

Posted December 11, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

I don't wonder! It looks as if vegetation has grown up on both sides. The locals appear to think it is not safe.

Posted December 11, 2016, by Jeff McNeiland (jeff_mcneiland [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A rare treat in Oklahoma

Posted December 11, 2016, by Jeff McNeiland (jeff_mcneiland [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A risky crossing.

Posted December 11, 2016, by Jeff McNeiland (jeff_mcneiland [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Strange road alignment.

Posted December 11, 2016, by Jeff McNeiland (jeff_mcneiland [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The old road.

Posted December 11, 2016, by Anonymous

Welcome Jeff and thanks for Sharing, ask web master for permission would be great to have your work on here!

Posted December 11, 2016, by Jeff McNeiland (jeff_mcneiland [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A lonely bridge in the middle of nowhere.

Posted December 11, 2016, by Jeff McNeiland (jeff_mcneiland [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge scared us.

Posted December 11, 2016, by Jeff McNeiland (jeff_mcneiland [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge has been abandoned.

Posted December 11, 2016, by Jeff McNeiland (jeff_mcneiland [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A unique bridge with The Canton Bridge Company sign intact.

Posted December 9, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Google imagery shows a construction site...

Posted December 9, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to Satellite imagery, this one appears to have been replaced very recently.

Posted December 9, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If the pin is near the correct bridge, then this one appears to be lost - or it may have been bypassed.

Posted December 7, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WOW! I would love to know what the massive cost was on this project! Realignment, massively overbuilt slab, and demo of the landmark structure. Taxpayers really got it put to them on this ridiculous project!!!

Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that is a shame. While not perfect, the state used to be pretty good about leaving bypassed bridges standing. Maybe that has changed...too bad...

Posted December 7, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If you start digging into the details, in fact Oklahoma's preservation is spotty at best. This is best revealed by reviewing the K-Parker truss bridges in the state... these unique bridges have been dropping significantly in population over the years. Also, while some of the long pony truss bridges in Tulsa County have been preserved, others remain at risk for demolition including the longest pony truss in the country on Historic Route 66 (although that fight is still ongoing, with several preservation options remaining on the table). And while in the past, Oklahoma has left historic bridges standing next to their realigned replacements, this practice may be ending as I had the misfortune of discovering during my trip earlier this year to (attempt) to photograph this beauty: http://bridgehunter.com/ok/ottawa/170000000000/

Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, I have to be honest, the demolition of this one was a complete surprise. There is a modern highway that runs parallel to this road, so I figured that this one would be way down the priority list. Oklahoma has preserved quite a few bridges, but apparently this one was non select.

Posted December 7, 2016, by Matt Lohry

According to historical GE imagery, it looks like late 2010 was the date--there appears to be a temporary bypass in place in the Sept. 2010 imagery.

Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge may be doomed...

https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/Public%20Notice%20LeFlore...

That is, assuming that this is the same bridge...

Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think that I see a modern concrete bridge in Satellite Imagery...

Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one may be doomed:

http://leflorecountyjournal.com/2013/07/new-bridge-planned-f...

The bridge is going to be replaced. I have not found out if the old one will be retained or demolished.

Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like it was scheduled for replacement.

http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/env-programs/bridges/castoncr...

Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Satellite imagery appears to show a new bridge...I will let the locals confirm if this is the right location.

Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Satellite imagery shows a bright shiny UCEB at this location. Has anybody field checked this one lately?

Posted December 6, 2016, by Luke

That's the bridge the NBI data is for, so James should merge this entry with the duplicate entry: https://bridgehunter.com/ok/le-flore/bh37490/

Posted December 6, 2016, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I don't think this bridge exists or existed. Witte is old OK 112 and the original OK 112 bridge is still extant as a footbridge.

Posted December 6, 2016, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If you go to historicaerials.com and search for Poteau, OK and navigate to this crossing and click on the 1955 aerial, it appears to show a truss bridge with no deck.

Posted December 1, 2016, by Rhys Martin (rhysfunk [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove to this bridge today and it is now closed to traffic.

Posted November 23, 2016, by Kelly McClanahan

Had a little "fun" with this one. I was looking around on the USGS site, at old Quad Maps. I saw this bridge on one of the maps. I looked it up, and it appears that the sight is haunted with "spook lights".

Posted November 13, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove across this bridge on Saturday, November 12th 2016. It is extant and open to traffic despite apparently being scheduled for replacement in 2012.

Posted November 3, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nels [at] bachsteel [dot] com)

There is no interpretive signage at this bridge presently. As a Consulting Party for Section 106 on this project, I have requested additional consideration of rehab for vehicular use, and a number of other consulting parties have expressed the same. Preservation for pedestrian use is being considered as well, but in light of Route 66 being a driving experience (and driving this long pony truss bridge offering a unique experience as well), we feel that if at all possible, vehicular use deserves priority, moreoso than with other bridge types.

Posted November 2, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Also, I second Jeff's comment. I saw no signage explaining the importance of this bridge, or pointing Route 66 buffs to it. Maybe I missed them.

Posted November 2, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Drove over this one today. Very impressive and worth a visit. See it while you can, just in case it does get replaced.

Posted October 20, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

This bridge is actually owned by Union Pacific on an embargoed section of track. The Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad is slowly rehabilitating the track eastwards from Shawnee, with the idea of leasing it from UP and putting it back into service, connecting with their own tracks at McAlester. Someday, in the near future, it is possible AOK trains will cross over this bridge.

Posted October 20, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Based off aerial imagery it seems to have been a huge timber trestle.

Posted October 20, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

This bridge was demolished sometime after 1995. I took a best guess on type based on aerial imagery. I don't know if this rail line was spun off before it's demise, or perhaps it even made it into the BNSF era before it was abandoned. Any Oklahoma rail buffs, feel free to add/correct any info.

Posted October 20, 2016, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/state-maps... is a 1933 map. It shows US 70 running due north from downtown Idabel. It ran west of Lukfata Creek.

Modern US 70/259 runs significantly east of Lutfata Creek.

By 1944, the old route had dropped from the state maps and the current route was the only one.

http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/state-maps...

Posted October 14, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

The street view and the satellite view present stark differences. The satellite view is from 2013, when Oklahoma was in the midst of an epic 8yr drought that had largely depleted the lake. However, in the spring of 2015, 17.1 inches of rain fell in just 60 days, completely replenishing the lake and refilling it to capacity.