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ATSF - Cimarron River Bridge


All Thats Left are these Remnants

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in April 2009


BH Photo #139050


Lost Pony plate girder bridge over Cimmaron River on Santa Fe Railroad
Payne County, Oklahoma
Destroyed by flooding
Washed out 1957
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.02322, -96.91536   (decimal degrees)
36°01'24" N, 96°54'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/687841/3988534 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 42432 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 29, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • August 15, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added info from forum comment
  • February 2, 2011: Updated by Gene McCluney: Corrected spelling of waterway
  • December 18, 2009: Updated by Gary Hines: revised map location
  • April 23, 2009: Added by Gene McCluney


  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • Gary Hines - ghines [at] odot [dot] org
  • Luke


Cimmaron River Railroad Crossing at Ripley
Posted July 10, 2009, by Jeremy Porter (jkporter74023 [at] att [dot] net)

I was looking through a book a few months ago and found a photo of this bridge when it was still in service. There's a lady in a store called Opals's house of Bargins in Cushing that has several historical books of the area and this bridge is in one of the sections. It washed out in a flood in 1957, and because the demand for rail had decreased, Santa Fe decided not to rebuild the bridge.

A friend and I went hiking last week and found pieces of the bridge washed up along the west bank approach. There's a section of railroad ties and track flipped on it's back directly north of the west approach.