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Old US 60-Arkansas River Bridge (1944)


Side view looking west

Photo taken December 2000 by Wes Kinsler


BH Photo #151562

Street Views 


The 3 Parker spans were salvaged from the Red River after being displaced due to the creation of the Denison Dam on the Oklahoma/Texas border.

The loss of most of the 1911 trusses occurred in 1944 and not the 30's as previously mentioned.

History of Bridge 

Written by Wes Kinsler

This bridge was built in 1911 by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co. as a 7-span bridge with six riveted 6-panel Pratt through truss spans and one pony truss span. Sometime in the 1930's, six of the spans were washed away, leaving only the west Pratt span. The washed out spans were then replaced by three Parker through spans.


Parker through truss bridge over Arkansas River on Old US 60 (Kelley Ave.)
Ponca City, Kay County, Oklahoma, and Osage County, Oklahoma
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1944 using 1 span of the 1911 structure; replaced 2004
This was a four span bridge when it was torn down. From east to west: 3 10-panel Parker through trusses with pin connections, and one 6-panel Pratt through truss with riveted connections.
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 711.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.3 ft.
Also called
Ponca City Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.69362, -97.04999   (decimal degrees)
36°41'37" N, 97°02'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/674207/4062657 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ponca City
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 011720000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29114 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 29, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Split from the 1911 bridge with new information added.
  • March 28, 2017: New photo from David Backlin
  • December 2, 2010: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Wes Kinsler: Added Osage County
  • January 3, 2010: Essay added by Wes Kinsler

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