Math and Engineering instructor. Long time seeker of lost bridges. Kansas City metro.
The 1948 Shell Oil Oklahoma highway map shows OK 2 as unpaved and not crossing the county line. The 1969 topo shows a paved road crossing into Pittsburg County and this route as an unpaved road. This is almost certainly the old alignment of OK 2.
Some answers from a visit today but some questions as well. The plaque supposedly came from the end on the main span. The 1877 date seems early and doesn't match the concrete pier on the south end. I was told the approach on the north was riveted and arched. I tried to clarify whether the truss was a regular pony or a bowstring. I got answers that always pointed to it having been a bowstring. It was damaged and scrapped some years ago.
I'll add an essay on the history as recounted to me. More questions there as well.
The pictures here do not show this bridge or its replacement.
I'm really glad you got there to take the pictures. This is an interesting bridge and I hope the cut section was a one-time thing.
Recent spur to mine. Not on 1948 15' quad, shown as MoPac on 1981 7.5' quad.
Looking closely I can see the bolted connections where the three pieces were assembled on site.
I wonder if this is a possible location for the lost double bowstring currently believed to have been on the other crossing nearby.
NBI claims a 1997 build date. Earlier editions show a 1913 bridge with a 1979 rehab date.
The NBI shows 1931 but it has more errors than a Royals game. This looks a lot newer.
I'm not sure whether to make anything of this but the 1948 topo shows the kink in the road and a 562 benchmark. The 1925 maps shows a straight road and a 553 benchmark. This makes me think the current bridge went in during this time period on a slightly different alignment.
The ones I see around here are usually on driven pilings or poured concrete. I like the stone--it lends an air of permanence that most of these wooden structures lack.
Unusual stone footings?
Might this be a double intersection warren bedstead?
There's probably another one 3/4 mile further north, center of NE 1/4 of section 22.
The concrete piers resemble the 1903 bridge on the Rock Island near Pleasant Hill, MO and several others along this 1902-1904 built line.
The next bridge south may be older.
The 1895 topo shows the Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railroad which later became Railway, originally financed by CRI&P. When they defaulted they were absorbed by the CRI&P by 1891.
If the bridges were from 1903 they were placed by the CRI&P.