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Opossum Creek Bridge

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Stone (rock) Arch Opossum Creek

1930 Arch Bridge N4130

Photo taken by John Cross in June 2007

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Overview
Arch bridge over Opossum Creek on N4130 Rd.
Location
Nowata County, Oklahoma
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1930
Design
Stone Arch, in good condition
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 35.1 ft.
Total length: 44.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 4, 2009
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.95833, -95.62333   (decimal degrees)
36°57'30" N, 95°37'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/266436/4093466 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Coffeyville
Elevation
709 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 09000077 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
OKNBI 028730000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29447 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2012)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 53.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
50

Categories 

Arch (10,039)
Built during 1930s (9,279)
Deck arch (9,326)
NR-listed (2,687)
Nowata County, Oklahoma (18)
Oklahoma (1,684)
One-lane traffic (7,216)
Open (31,602)
Owned by county (17,148)
Span length 25-50 feet (11,206)
Stone arch (2,183)
Total length 25-50 feet (8,259)

Update Log 

  • March 29, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni: National Register listing added.
  • December 12, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • December 7, 2008: New photos from John Cross

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Opossum Creek Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a very interesting bridge. Has anybody been able to confirm the construction date of 1930? I would not be surprised if it was a couple decades older. It reminds me a little bit of some of the bridges built by Walter Sharp in the early 1900s. The Walter Sharp Bridge Company was very prolific in Kansas and according to what I have read build bridges in other neighboring states too. Given the fact that this bridge is only a couple miles south of the Kansas-Oklahoma State Line I wouldn't be shocked if it was built by Walter Sharp or somebody who studied under him. Of course this is pure speculation just based on appearance. The date 1930 is a bit intriguing. Stone arch bridges were fairly commonly built in Kansas (and perhaps Oklahoma) until about 1915. Then, there was a lull in stone arch bridge construction until the Depression era when stone became a popular choice for WPA projects and the stone arch saw a resurgence in popularity. Thus, there is about a 20 year gap in which you don't seem to find stone arch bridges in this region.

Opossum Creek Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Macie Watson (davidmacie [at] aol [dot] com)

I hear they tearing down this bridge...such a shame. I used to travel this road a lot. I live elsewhere now. I hope this will be reconsidered!