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John Zink Park Footbridge


Side View

A rare find in Oklahoma!

Photo taken by Rick Mattioni in September 2008


BH Photo #125483


Street View 


Bowstring pony truss footbridge over unnamed creek in John Zink Park in Skiatook
Skiatook, Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Due to pier washout, bridge is currently closed to foot traffic.
This bowstring truss bridge is a very rare find in Oklahoma, as the design had become obsolete by the time Oklahoma became a state in 1907. It was undoubtedly moved here from an unknown location years ago, and narrowed for use as a footbridge.
Span length: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Deck width: 5.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.36472, -95.99259   (decimal degrees)
36°21'53" N, 95°59'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/231496/4028562 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 22 N., R. 12 E., Sec. 26
630 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 37522 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • May 21, 2009: Updated by Gene McCluney: Changed status, based on personal inspection.
  • December 4, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • October 5, 2008: Added by Rick Mattioni



John Zink Park Footbridge
Posted June 9, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Field visited this bridge June 2016. Photos to eventually/someday end up on HistoricBridges.org. Key finding: I strongly believe this is a "FrankenBridge" pieced together from roof trusses. Evidence: overhead bracing is welded (and not part of roof trusses), empty holes running along top chord angle, and the angle legs face the same cardinal direction on the bridge (legs on a bridge would normally both face inward or outward.)

John Zink Park Footbridge
Posted November 10, 2008, by GENE MCCLUNEY (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I don't think this bridge was "narrowed" to use as a foot bridge, rather I think it was constructed originally as a foot bridge. It is of welded construction, and all historic bowstring road bridges are pin-connected. There are modern foot bridges that are bowstring, if by bowstring you mean the continuous curve of the top. None-the-less, it is an interesting bridge.