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Red River Bridge



Photo taken by Henley Quadling

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Street View 

Washout on Oklahoma Aproach 

Written by Brad Smith

There has been a 75% washout on the North (Oklahoma) approach. The bridge is closed until repairs can be made.



Through truss bridge over Red River on TX 78 OK 78
Fannin County, Texas, and Bryan County, Oklahoma
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1938
- Illinois Steel Bridge Co. of Jacksonville, Illinois
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- Kellner Jetties Co.
- U.S. Bureau of Public Roads of Washington, D.C.
K-Parker through truss.
Eight riveted K-truss through spans, with two camelback pony truss spans at each end.
Length of largest span: 212.9 ft.
Total length: 2,112.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 24.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1996
Also called
State Highway 78 Bridge at the Red River
Sowell's Bluff Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.75382, -96.19669   (decimal degrees)
33°45'14" N, 96°11'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/759663/3738391 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 010750027902024 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 96001517 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 33015 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2014)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 23, 2015: Essay added by Brad Smith
  • September 10, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added K-truss category.
  • March 12, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • February 28, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 4, 2012: Updated by Jason Straub: updated NRHP info
  • March 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View.



Red River Bridge
Posted July 15, 2017, by David Cathey (david [dot] cathey59 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge was reopened later the same year it closed after the flood washed out the approach.


Red River Bridge
Posted November 3, 2010, by Brad Smith (Gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)


I had no idea at about all of the suspension toll bridges that had crossed the Red River way back when. I was chasing that when I ran across this piece about the current bridge at Sowells Bluff.

Red River Bridge
Posted June 22, 2010, by brad smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

more photos of the bridge

Red River Bridge
Posted June 22, 2010, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There are 2 pony trusses on each end and 8 riveted Parker through truss sections between them (12 sections total). The bank was so grown up you couldn't get a decent side view and even from the river I would imagine too.