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Sans Bois Creek Bridge


While it is not obvious from the photos, this bridge has a new deck, and huge I-beams underneath, so the truss does not carry all the weight.

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in August 2007


BH Photo #129070



Through truss bridge over Sans Bois Creek on 3138C
Haskell County, Oklahoma
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1910
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 108.9 ft.
Total length: 183.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.20167, -95.05000   (decimal degrees)
35°12'06" N, 95°02'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/313380/3897332 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 002530000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29056 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 3, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney



Sans Bois Creek Bridge
Posted February 9, 2019, by Carroll Messer (cj [dot] messer [at] att [dot] net)

I agree with Gene McCluney, regarding the location of the Beale Wagon Road iron bridge across the Sans Bois in 1859. My research indicates that this bridge was the fourth of six (from Ft. Smith) Whipple patent cast and wrought iron arch truss (a bowstring) bridges built for the federal government by A. & P. Roberts, Philadelphia, PA in 1859-60. It had a main span of 100-feet. It was demolished late in the Civil War. Its remains are inundated by Robert S. Kerr Reservoir.

4. Sans Bois Creek, 0.6 miles northwest of Iron Bridge, Haskell Co. OK., (100 ft. span), [ 35 14.54 N, 94 58.02 W ], T9N, R22E, Sec. 22;


Whipple bowstring example: https://bridgehunter.com/ny/albany/whipple/

Sans Bois Creek Bridge
Posted December 7, 2012, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

There are some historians that are saying that this was the location of the Beale Road Iron bridge over the Sans Bois. Circa 1860. This is incorrect. The Beale Road Iron Bridge (one of 6 erected in Eastern Oklahoma in 1859-1860, was located much closer (about 8 miles further east on the Sans Bois) to the town of Iron Bridge, Oklahoma. The true site of the Beale bridge is now inundated due to the formation of a lake, and is not really visible.

Obviously the bridge depicted in my photographs is circa 1910, and has the construction techniques correct for that period, including the lally column supports. I don't think anyone could say that this is an 1860 Iron bridge, by any stretch.