John Cross

About Me 

Email: jcross [at] cross-photography [dot] com
Website: http://cross-photography.com

Commercial Photographer in the Fort Smith, Arkansas Area.

One of my serious avocations is bridge hunting and photography.

My website is www.cross-photography.com

Favorite Photos 

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Infrared View to the SE

TRIN - Purgatoire River Bridge (E) (Las Animas County, Colorado)
Out of Service Trinidad Railway (BNSF) on private property, ask for permission to photograph this bridge.

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Beauty Shot Infared

Seminole Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)

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Recent Updates 

Unnamed Creek Bridge (Garfield County, Oklahoma)
Queenpost pony truss over unnamed creek on lane
May 13, 2013: Added
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Major County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek on N2320
May 13, 2013: Updated by John Cross: Elevation added, Photos added
Tributary Turkey Creek Bridge (Garfield County, Oklahoma)
Arch bridge over a branch of Turkey Creek on E0410
May 13, 2013: Updated by John Cross: Description, spans, photos added, elevation
UP - Lee Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Arkansas)
Warren through truss bridge over Lee Creek on Union Pacific Railroad in (adjacent) Van Buren
July 18, 2012: New photo
Big Lee Creek Bridge (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Big Lee Creek on OK 101 in Short
July 9, 2012: New photos
Broken Arrow Creek Bridge (Tulsa County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Broken Arrow Creek on 185th E. Ave. (N4065) in Broken Arrow
December 29, 2011: Updated by John Cross: Flag moved, photo added.
Broken Arrow Creek Bridge (Tulsa County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Broken Arrow Creek on 185th E. Ave. (N4065) in Broken Arrow
December 29, 2011: Updated by John Cross: Moved map flag to more accurate location (closer to creek and road)
Seminole Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Seminole Creek on N4270
October 6, 2011: Updated by John Cross: Photos, elevation, map flag
Pryor Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Pryor Creek on E0500 in Pryor Creek
October 5, 2011: Updated by John Cross: Photos, elevation added.
Pryor Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Pryor Creek on E0500 in Pryor Creek
October 5, 2011: New photos
Frisco - Spring River Bridge (Cherokee County, Kansas)
Two span Pratt pony truss over Spring River on BNSF Railway
January 28, 2011: Updated by John Cross: Photos, GPS correction, Elev. and Quad added with date information.
Orten Creek Bridge (Scott County, Arkansas)
Pony truss bridge over Orten Creek on CR 60
July 25, 2010: Updated by John Cross: Added photos
Orten Creek Bridge (Scott County, Arkansas)
Pony truss bridge over Orten Creek on CR 60
July 25, 2010: New photos
Cimarron River Bridge (Payne County, Oklahoma)
Warren deck truss bridge over Cimmaron River on Old OK 33
February 10, 2010: New photos
MoPac - Canadian River Bridge (Muskogee County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned parker through truss bridge over Canadian River on Abandoned Missouri Pacific Railroad
February 7, 2010: Added
Big Creek Bridge (Le Flore County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Big Creek on 4041C
January 18, 2010: Updated by John Cross: Elevation and corrected coordinates
UP - Illinois River Bridge (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Illinois River on Union Pacific Railroad in Gore
January 14, 2010: New photos
Calvin River Bridge (Hughes County, Oklahoma)
Parker through truss bridge over Canadian River on Walnut Street/D3799 in Calvin
January 14, 2010: Updated by John Cross: Elevation and coordinates
UP - South Canadian River Bridge (Calvin) (Hughes County, Oklahoma)
Closed through truss bridge over (So.) Canadian River on embargoed Union Pacific Railroad
January 14, 2010: New photos
UP - South Canadian River Bridge (Calvin) (Hughes County, Oklahoma)
Closed through truss bridge over (So.) Canadian River on embargoed Union Pacific Railroad
January 9, 2010: Updated by John Cross: Newly listed, new photos and information
UP - South Canadian River Bridge (Calvin) (Hughes County, Oklahoma)
Closed through truss bridge over (So.) Canadian River on embargoed Union Pacific Railroad
January 9, 2010: Added
Dry Creek OK 100 Bridge (Cherokee County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Dry Creek on OK 100
January 1, 2010: Updated by John Cross: Location corrected and photos added
Dry Creek OK 100 Bridge (Cherokee County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Dry Creek on OK 100
January 1, 2010: Updated by John Cross: Corrected location (map flag) coordinates, and elevation added
Newkirk Bridge (Cherokee County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Neosho River on OK 51
January 1, 2010: Updated by John Cross: Corrected crossing to Neosho River/Ft. Gibson Lake, added elev.
Tombigbee River Bridge (Lowndes County, Mississippi)
Swing Bridge over Tombigbee River on Old 82/Island Road West side of Columbus
December 9, 2009: Updated by John Cross: New Listing, NRHP info, photos, and information
Tombigbee River Bridge (Lowndes County, Mississippi)
Swing Bridge over Tombigbee River on Old 82/Island Road West side of Columbus
December 9, 2009: Added
East Fork Coal Creek Bridge (Coal County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over E. Fork Of Coal Creek on E1640 (Old OK 3)
November 28, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Corrected coordinates, added elevation
Caney Creek Bridge (Coal County, Oklahoma)
Steel stringer bridge over Caney Creek on Old alignment of OK3
November 28, 2009: New photos
Caney Creek Bridge (Coal County, Oklahoma)
Steel stringer bridge over Caney Creek on Old alignment of OK3
November 27, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Photos, coordinates, elevation
Penny Creek Bridge (Coal County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Penny Creek on Old abandoned alignment OK3
November 27, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Photos, coordinates, elevation
Penny Creek Bridge (Coal County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Penny Creek on Old abandoned alignment OK3
November 27, 2009: New photos
Rock Creek Bridge (Coal County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Rock Creek on US 75
November 27, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Photos, coordinates, elevation
Rock Creek Bridge (Coal County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Rock Creek on US 75
November 27, 2009: New photo
UP - North Boggy Creek Bridge (Atoka County, Oklahoma)
Pratt deck truss bridge over North Boggy Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
November 27, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Photos added, coordinates, elevation, quad and information
UP - North Boggy Creek Bridge (Atoka County, Oklahoma)
Pratt deck truss bridge over North Boggy Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
November 27, 2009: New photos
Coal Creek Bridge (Pittsburg County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Coal Creek on US 270 near McAlester
November 27, 2009: Updated by John Cross: New Photos and coordinates (fixed location)
Coal Creek Bridge (Pittsburg County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Coal Creek on US 270 near McAlester
November 27, 2009: New photos
Brushy Creek Bridge (Pittsburg County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Brushy Creek on E1570 Rd.
November 26, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Corrected stream name
Coal Creek Bridge (Pittsburg County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Coal Creek on Tannehill Rd
November 26, 2009: New photos
Long Creek (Le Flore County, Oklahoma)
Bridge over Long Creek on E146/CR159/Saloniaa Road/4030C
November 20, 2009: Added
Ten Mile Creek Bridge (Pushmataha County, Oklahoma)
Arch bridge over Ten Mile Creek on N4095 Rd.
November 19, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Photos, Information
Kiamichi River Bridge (Pushmataha County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Kiamichi River on N4485 (6410C)
November 19, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Added road and elevation
Kiamichi River Bridge (Pushmataha County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Kiamichi River on OK 3
November 19, 2009: Updated by John Cross: Photos and information
Old OK 2 Bridge (Haskell County, Oklahoma)
Concrete stringer bridge over Abandoned Railroad cut. on Old OK 2.
November 9, 2009: Updated by John Cross: GPS, Elev., and additional structure information
UP - Arkansas River Bridge (Chaffee County, Colorado)
Through truss bridge over Arkansas River on Out of Service Union Pacific Railroad
August 24, 2009: Essay added
UP - Arkansas River Bridge (Chaffee County, Colorado)
Through truss bridge over Arkansas River on Out of Service Union Pacific Railroad
August 24, 2009: Added
Romley Bridge (Chaffee County, Colorado)
Closed deck truss bridge over Pomeray Gulch (Chrysolite Creek) on FR 295 southwest of St. Elmo
August 24, 2009: Updated by John Cross: "Photos and information Added"
Apishapa Arch (Las Animas County, Colorado)
Stone arch tunnel through a rock dike on FR 415 just east of Cordova Pass
August 21, 2009: Updated by John Cross: "Photos Added" "information added"
Apishapa Arch (Las Animas County, Colorado)
Stone arch tunnel through a rock dike on FR 415 just east of Cordova Pass
August 21, 2009: New photos
House On A Bridge , North Fork Purgatoire River Old CO 12 (Las Animas County, Colorado)
Abandoned bridge over North Fork Purgatoire River on ? Old CO 12 @ CR21.6 and CR23.2
August 21, 2009: Updated by John Cross: "New Listing" "New Photos and Info" "This is a House on a Bridge"

Recent Comments 

Posted July 9, 2012

Glad they left it intact with the deck. It looks like an entirely different area than a few years back. They saved 10s if not hundreds of thousands and preserved history in place. Good Job!

Posted August 20, 2009

Bridgehunters that want to visit this bridge: I suggest you approach from the NNW. Plemons Road/Ranch 2277 off TX 207/152/136 will get a better view from the plateau at that approach.

Posted July 23, 2009

The Rock Island Railroad is defunct. Currently this line is operated by Arkansas & Oklahoma/KCS

Posted June 27, 2009

My girlfriend and I "toured" this bridge June 25th 2009. It is a great bridge, sad it was allowed to deteriorate. I have some suggestions for any that plan to visit this bridge. First come in from the north, then you have a choice to come in via "south" Burn Rd. CR479, or "north" Burn Rd. CR479. I did both in a jeep 4wd and I suggest you come in via the northern route. Beth and I came in from southern Burn Road, near I-30, we didn't get stuck, but covered the jeep in mud. The northern route is higher and drier. Just a tip. If you are a mudder do the southern Burn Road (after a rain). Great Bridge, lally columns and "partial" wood deck no name/date plates. Good hunting!

1st two photos are of the collapsed south approach, the 3rd photos is from the northern approach looking SW.

Posted May 22, 2009

My DeLorme Mapping shows this as Blackjack Creek, not Horsepen Creek.

Posted May 6, 2009

As I said to my bridge buddy Gene, this bridge did not collapse, it was sabotaged. Destroyed by whatever entity that put the ignorant "piers" under it. Bridges strength and load bearing capacity is with the load downward, if they were supposed to be logjam dams the trusses would be sideways. When they "strengthened" this bridge they doomed it. A beaver has better sense. Too bad!

Posted February 18, 2009

can't edit again, but here are the coordinates for the abandon Birch Creek (Osage/Midland Valley) Railroad

Bridge.

N36.53718, W96.15561

Good job Anon, I shouldn't have missed a nameplate.

Posted February 10, 2009

Sorry, but have to say it- speaking of nimrods- the only reason this happened is because someone was too lazy or too stupid to go around. You could put a titanium deck on it, increasing the weight to load ratio- but still couldn't land a 747 on it. There is obviously no way they are going to do serious maintenance or upgrades to this or thousands of other bridges. Weight limits must be observed and minimal maintenance must be applied. I feel better now!

Posted February 4, 2009

I think if this bridge had running boards it would increase the load bearing significantly for low relative cost. NOT 34000 lbs worth thought. I posted this comment on the news story page, I'm mad:

I hope the SOB driving that truck was fined, or is forced to pay for the repairs. Dream-on. In our bridgehunting Gene McCluney and I have seen where fires were built on bridges (and bridges destroyed by such fires), have seen where people have "burned" off their tires and impacted the bridge and where just careless drivers have collided with the structures due to poor driving skills or intoxication. Like this we have seen and read of bridges damaged or destroyed by people unwilling to take their overweight loads an alternate route. I guess you can tell it steams me. Public property and living museums damaged or destroyed by the careless or stupid. The Wallace Bridge is a great bridge site, I hope repairs are made.

Posted February 4, 2009

I hope the SOB driving that truck was fined, or is forced to pay for the repairs. Dream-on. In our bridgehunting Gene McCluney and I have seen where fires were built on bridges (and bridges destroyed by such fires), have seen where people have "burned" off their tires and impacted the bridge and where just careless drivers have collided with the structures due to poor driving skills or intoxication. Like this we have seen and read of bridges damaged or destroyed by people unwilling to take their overweight loads an alternate route. I guess you can tell it steams me. Public property and living museums damaged or destroyed by the careless or stupid. The Wallace Bridge is a great bridge site, I hope repairs are made.

Posted February 1, 2009

Update "from the west side". When Randall, Fred, Gene and I visited Smiley Bayou in 2007, Gene and I knew our photos were not what we wanted and as we say "we'll have to come back". So we finally did. It was a beautiful day and as we shot a number of photos of other bridges in the am I worried the water level and swampiness would be too much to get there. We decided our first attempt would be from the south coming in from AR 7 on (my Delorme listing) CR302 to CR55 and turning north on CR54. We made it on CR54 less than 4000 feet before the road becomes passible only on foot or four wheeler. The trail opens back up to what was the road, and it is blocked a number of times by fallen trees and overgrowth- but is relatively clear considering how long we belive it has been abandon. We hiked about 1/2 mile north to find the bridge.My maps don't show it, but I believe that CR97 came directly in from the West to the bridge site. It now stops about 1/2 mile short. I assume as we have seen on many bridges- the reason for abandonment was not bridge insufficiency, but that the approach roads were too low and or swampy that they could not be maintained adequately. Gene guesses and I think he may be right that the bridge was probably abandon in or around the 1960s. If anyone has further facts on the bridge, roads and settlement- I would love to hear them.

Posted December 7, 2008

As I mentioned in the main description, I love to find older bridges or bridge remnants and this location was a goldmine. Note in the last photo the current and in use line of the Union Pacific Railroad. Now look at the piers and lally columns very close to the current N4140 1930 Hickory Creek Through Truss. These remnants were within 30 to 80 feet of the current alignment of N4140. Note there are two sets almost on top of each other but obviously from different times and alignments. The photos are in order from the south toward the north, but all on the south side of the creek.

Can anyone fill in the gaps? Was one the former railroad alignment? Both road? Let me know if you have information or just thoughts.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Posted December 7, 2008

My pictures are poor, but it was late in the day (and we were about to get stuck). I wanted to show the adjacent wing wall pier to what was likely the bridge prior to this. My maps show this crossing as the upper Oologah Lake/Big Creek on N4190.

Posted March 16, 2008

This is the largest mixed span bedstead bridge that Gene my bridge buddy and I "have" photographed (sort of). This bridge celebrated it's 100th birthday by being torn down. We are from Arkansas where we have found no standing bedsteads and in Oklahoma we have photographed well more than a half dozen. Three of which on this day (in Okmulgee Co.)were closed or like this one, in the process of removal and total destruction.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Posted May 26, 2007

Some interesting notes. It would be nice to hear from Wayne and Fred on this. First you can note in Wayne's photos (see underneath) the monolithic pier/abutment. This appears to my untrained eye as a modern touch. Second as Fred mentioned rivets and bolts (generally a sign of repair or relocation). This bridge was well maintained as of 5/25/2007 i.e. good wood and abutment work. Was this bridge moved in/relocated? It appears original in it's boiler plate type piers.

This seemed very curious to me. Also if you drove a little further in to the West you could see a double tree line, lining and old roadway. I was going to jeep down it, but it was fenced or had a "gap" across it.

photo did not want to upload