Gene McCluney

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Little River bridge

Little River Bridge (possibly on piers of 1859 Beale Bridge) (Hughes County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned 1909 Pratt thru truss bridge over dry oxbow of Little River.

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Route of Beale road in Eastern Oklahoma

Poteau River Iron Bridge (Beale Bridge) 1860 (Sebastian County, Arkansas)
Shows the Beale road to Fort Smith across the Poteau river.

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Recent Updates 

Little River Bridge (possibly on piers of 1859 Beale Bridge) (Hughes County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Dry Oxbow formerly Little River
September 2, 2014: Updated by Gene McCluney: More historical data has surfaced
Little River Bridge (possibly on piers of 1859 Beale Bridge) (Hughes County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Dry Oxbow formerly Little River
August 21, 2014: Essay added
Little River Bridge (possibly on piers of 1859 Beale Bridge) (Hughes County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Dry Oxbow formerly Little River
August 21, 2014: Added
KCS - Illinois River Bridge (Adair County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Illinois River on Kansas City Southern Railroad
February 10, 2013: Added
Wolf Creek CR367 Bridge (Benton County, Arkansas)
Bridge over Wolf Creek on CR367
February 10, 2013: Added
KCS - Spavinaw Creek Bridge (Benton County, Arkansas)
Through truss bridge over Spavinaw Creek on Kansas City Southern Railroad
February 10, 2013: Added
Limekiln Creek Bridge (Benton County, Arkansas)
Pony truss bridge over Limekiln Creek on CR 700
February 10, 2013: New photos
KCS - Baron Fork Creek Bridge (Adair County, Oklahoma)

February 10, 2013: Added
KCS - Sallisaw Creek Bridge (Bunch) (Adair County, Oklahoma)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Sallisaw Creek on Kansas City Southern Railroad
February 10, 2013: Added
KCS - Sallisaw Creek Bridge (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma)
Bridge over Sallisaw Creek on Kansas City Southern Railroad
February 10, 2013: Added
KCS - Little Sallisaw Creek Bridge (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma)
Pratt through truss bridge over Little Sallisaw Creek on Kansas City Southern Railway
February 10, 2013: New photos
Poteau River Iron Bridge (Beale Bridge) 1860 (Sebastian County, Arkansas)
Lost Iron through truss bridge (possibly Bowstring design) over Poteau River on Beale Road
November 11, 2012: Updated by Gene McCluney: Updated data, updated essay, added major contributor credit.
Poteau River Iron Bridge (Beale Bridge) 1860 (Sebastian County, Arkansas)
Lost Iron through truss bridge (possibly Bowstring design) over Poteau River on Beale Road
June 1, 2012: Updated by Gene McCluney: expanded name
Poteau River Iron Bridge (Beale Bridge) 1860 (Sebastian County, Arkansas)
Lost Iron through truss bridge (possibly Bowstring design) over Poteau River on Beale Road
June 1, 2012: Updated by Gene McCluney: Added categories "Poteau River", "Cast iron", "Wooden deck", "Squire Whipple", "Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Co."
Poteau River Iron Bridge (Beale Bridge) 1860 (Sebastian County, Arkansas)
Lost Iron through truss bridge (possibly Bowstring design) over Poteau River on Beale Road
May 31, 2012: Essay added
Poteau River Iron Bridge (Beale Bridge) 1860 (Sebastian County, Arkansas)
Lost Iron through truss bridge (possibly Bowstring design) over Poteau River on Beale Road
May 31, 2012: Added
West Lake Ponca Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over West Lake Ponca on E0180 in Ponca City
October 9, 2011: New photos
Stink Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Stink Creek on E0200
October 9, 2011: New photos
Chilocco Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Lost pony truss bridge over Chilocco Creek on N3370
October 9, 2011: New photos
Bois D'Arc Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Bois D'Arc Creek on E0130
October 9, 2011: New photos
Bitter Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Bitter Creek on E0080
October 9, 2011: New photo
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek on E0230 Rd. west of Tonkawa
October 9, 2011: New photo
Thompson Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Thompson Creek on E0150
October 9, 2011: New photos
Deer Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Stone arch bridge over Deer Creek on 3670C
October 9, 2011: New photos
Deer Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek on 3644C
October 9, 2011: New photos
Bois D'Arc Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Bois D'Arc Creek on 3618C
October 9, 2011: New photos
Bois D'Arc Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Bois D'Arc Creek on E0190 in Ponca City
October 9, 2011: New photos
Bitter Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Bitter Creek on N3210
October 9, 2011: New photos
Bitter Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Bitter Creek on N3210
October 9, 2011: New photos
Chikaskia River Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Three-span concrete arch bridge over Chikaskia River on 3648C
October 9, 2011: New photos
Salt Fork OK 156 Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Four-span through truss bridge over Salt Fork of Arkansas River on OK 156
October 9, 2011: New photos
Chikaskia River Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
3 -Thru Trusses & 2 Pony truss bridges over Chikaskia River on FAU 3150
October 9, 2011: New photos
Beaver Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on 3612C
October 9, 2011: New photos
Canadian Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Canadian Creek on N3465
October 9, 2011: New photos
BNSF - Salt Fork Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pratt through truss bridge over Salt Fork Arkansas River on BNSF Railway (former Santa Fe Railroad)
October 9, 2011: New photos
Bitter Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Bitter Creek on N3210
October 9, 2011: New photos
Birds Nest Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Birds Nest Creek on E0280
October 9, 2011: New photos
Wolf Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Arch bridge over Wolf Creek on N3390
October 9, 2011: New photos
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek on E0270 Rd.
October 9, 2011: New photo
Dry Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Dry Creek on E0110
October 9, 2011: New photos
Modock Creek Bridge (Ottawa County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Modock Creek on E0125
October 9, 2011: Updated by Gene McCluney: Changed status, added data.
Seminole Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Timber stringer bridge over Seminole Creek on N4260
October 7, 2011: Updated by Gene McCluney: Merged NBI data
Spring River Bridge (Ottawa County, Oklahoma)
Warren deck truss bridge over Spring River on OK 10
October 7, 2011: Updated by Gene McCluney: Merged NBI data
Seminole Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Timber stringer bridge over Seminole Creek on N4260
October 7, 2011: Added
Seminole Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Seminole Creek on N4270
October 7, 2011: New photos
Big Cabin Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Big Cabin Creek on OK 28
October 7, 2011: New photo
Pryor Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Pryor Creek on OK 28 in Adair
October 7, 2011: New photo
Pryor Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Pryor Creek on E0500 in Pryor Creek
October 7, 2011: New photos
Branch of Pryor Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Concrete arch bridge over a branch of Pryor Creek on N4310 in Pryor Creek
October 7, 2011: New photos
Pryor Creek Bridge (Mayes County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Pryor Creek on E0350 Rd.
October 7, 2011: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted January 17, 2015

Boy, it sure seems odd that an UNCOVERED wood truss bridge would last from 1870 thru the 1930's.

Posted September 3, 2014

Probably was moved here in 1929.

Saulpaw Bridge (Tennessee)
Posted August 27, 2014

It is amazing how short the life span of an uncovered wood bridge was. 18 years! Hardly seems economical to have built them.

Posted August 27, 2014

Is this bridge blocked off? Can vehicles go across it? If so, it may be private now, but not abandoned.

Posted March 5, 2013

If it is pin-connected, then it wasn't built new in 1940.

Posted March 1, 2013

Wow, another road bridge with Phoenix Columns!!

Posted February 27, 2013

Sure looks like Phoenix columns on the end. This would make this a very old bridge. Pre-1900 I think.

Posted February 21, 2013

Well, with lally columns and pin connections I seriously doubt this bridge was manufactured in 1945, or even installed here in 1945. I say much older, pre-1920.

Posted February 14, 2013

A Pegram truss is a rare find.

Posted February 9, 2013

My earlier messsage was incorrect. We looked again, and found it today!!

Posted February 6, 2013

Ongoing investigations by Jack and myself and friends seem now to indicate the bridge was completely in what we now know as LeFlore county in Oklahoma, about 7 miles south of Fort Smith on the Texas road. We are still researching.

Posted December 7, 2012

There are some historians that are saying that this was the location of the Beale Road Iron bridge over the Sans Bois. Circa 1860. This is incorrect. The Beale Road Iron Bridge (one of 6 erected in Eastern Oklahoma in 1859-1860, was located much closer (about 8 miles further east on the Sans Bois) to the town of Iron Bridge, Oklahoma. The true site of the Beale bridge is now inundated due to the formation of a lake, and is not really visible.

Obviously the bridge depicted in my photographs is circa 1910, and has the construction techniques correct for that period, including the lally column supports. I don't think anyone could say that this is an 1860 Iron bridge, by any stretch.

Posted November 11, 2012

I am indeed greatly indebted to Jack Beale Smith for his tremendous research on the Beale Road bridges. It is a fascinating and nearly "lost" part of early pioneer history. I have not used any writings by Mr. Beale in my essay, however I did use some quotations from a scanned newspaper article he sent me, as well as other newspaper mentions found and provided to me by Joe Wasson (whom I did credit). While there "may" not be a Whipple Bowstring category, the most likely type of bridge (in my opinion) would be the Whipple (patent) bowstring style bridge, as it is made up of Iron castings that are individually smaller than the full length of the arch, thus easier to transport to the site without rail, or river access. While the Poteau River site was close to the Arkansas river, and I'm sure the parts arrived via riverboat, the more remote bridges in Oklahoma would have to be transported overland at least some of the distance.

In the first comment below, I have links to bridgehunter pages showing Whipple (patent) Bowstring bridges still extant, which give very clear views of what I believe was the design of this bridge. Mr. Beale and I disagree on this point, but there is plenty of room for further research.

Posted July 9, 2012

Old bridge is still there. Road removed, bridge blocked.

Posted May 31, 2012

Here are a few links to Whipple bowstring bridges, the style and construction we believe to be similar or identical to the Beale Road bridges.

http://bridgehunter.com/ny/columbia/shaw/

http://bridgehunter.com/ny/albany/whipple/

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/licking/rodrick/