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May Avenue Bridge

Photos 

Part of Mays Avenue camp under the bridge. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-USF34- 033941-D

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BH Photo #432544

Map 

Description 

May Avenue crossed the small North Canadian River which was narrow before it was channelized. To the west there was a large area used as a dump. During the Great Depression the area surrounding the bridge became a camping place for displaced and homeless people.

The bridge was recorded in two photos of the camp taken in 1939 by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

Length is approximate from topo map.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over North Canadian River (Oklahoma River) on Oklahoma City, OK
Location
Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Design
Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 750.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.45816, -97.56548   (decimal degrees)
35°27'29" N, 97°33'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/630172/3924798 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 11 N., R. 4 W., Sec. 1
Elevation
1160 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 82437 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Lost (22,476)
Oklahoma (1,971)
Oklahoma County, Oklahoma (34)
Pennsylvania truss (449)
Replaced by new bridge (15,015)
Through truss (14,116)
Total length 500-1000 feet (2,673)
Truss (31,321)

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2018: New photos from Clark Vance
  • August 2, 2018: Added by Clark Vance

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com