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Bridgeport Bridge


Difficult to tell how long this is, from this view.

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in August 2006


BH Photo #129361


Street View 


38-span pony truss bridge over South Canadian River on US 281
Bridgeport, Canadian County, Oklahoma, and Caddo County, Oklahoma
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated to have its truss spans converted to decorative elements alongside a replacement superstructure.
Built 1933
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
38-span Camelback Pratt pony truss highway bridge.
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 3,944.3 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 2020
Also called
Route 66 Canadian River Bridge
Pony Bridge
William H. Murray Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.54344, -98.31785   (decimal degrees)
35°32'36" N, 98°19'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/561833/3933525 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Geary South
1380 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 040850000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 28764 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: Clarified status based on current state of Section 106 Review, and changed primary name to Bridgeport Bridge to reflect current usage trends.
  • December 16, 2020: Updated by David Backlin: Added to National Register December 2020
  • May 25, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • July 11, 2016: Photo imported by Jim Grey
  • February 26, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • August 13, 2012: Updated by J Lance: Added category "Multiple span pony truss"
  • November 16, 2011: New photos from Steve Conro
  • October 4, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: refined location
  • December 5, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • November 6, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge design updated.
  • October 28, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge name, builder, and description updated.
  • October 6, 2008: Updated by David Backlin: Added category (US 66)



Bridgeport Bridge
Posted July 13, 2021, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

Very happy to hear that this bridge is going to be repaired and not replaced.

Bridgeport Bridge
Posted March 18, 2021, by Joe E.

Superstructure and deck will be replaced. Substructure will be fixed up and the top part of the piers will be rebuilt for a wider bridge. The plan is to start this work sometime in 2022.

William H. Murray Bridge
Posted October 2, 2020, by Joe

Here’s the website for the bridge project. Y'all can submit a comment about the project on here.


William H. Murray Bridge
Posted September 12, 2020, by Eddy
William H. Murray Bridge
Posted December 26, 2018, by M Cox

Add my voice to both of yours. SAVE THIS BRIDGE!!!!!!!! Anything new?

William H. Murray Bridge
Posted July 11, 2017, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan, please add my voice to yours. Definitely an American treasure worth of restoration and preservation.

William H. Murray Bridge
Posted November 3, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There is no interpretive signage at this bridge presently. As a Consulting Party for Section 106 on this project, I have requested additional consideration of rehab for vehicular use, and a number of other consulting parties have expressed the same. Preservation for pedestrian use is being considered as well, but in light of Route 66 being a driving experience (and driving this long pony truss bridge offering a unique experience as well), we feel that if at all possible, vehicular use deserves priority, moreoso than with other bridge types.

William H. Murray Bridge
Posted November 2, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Also, I second Jeff's comment. I saw no signage explaining the importance of this bridge, or pointing Route 66 buffs to it. Maybe I missed them.

William H. Murray Bridge
Posted November 2, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Drove over this one today. Very impressive and worth a visit. See it while you can, just in case it does get replaced.

William H. Murray Bridge
Posted June 13, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Field visited this bridge June 2016. Photos and GoPro Video to eventually/someday end up on HistoricBridges.org. Meanwhile I uploaded the uncut/raw GoPro video to YouTube because this is a very cool bridge that photos do not do justice for... I felt the video helps better convey the length of the bridge. This bridge is AT RISK FOR DEMOLITION! OKDOT even admits its the most historic bridge in the state. Video: https://youtu.be/SHMSSYramGA

Below is a photo I took showing the bridge is so long that the optical distortion caused by the hot Oklahoma sun actually makes the far end of the bridge nearly disappear.

William H. Murray Bridge
Posted June 3, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Bridgefans and route 66 buffs alike must relish this iconic span in the next five years. If 2015 has alotted funds, the preverbable UCEB will replace this beauty.

William H. Murray Bridge
Posted June 3, 2010, by Jeff W (dodgboyz [at] aol [dot] com)

We crossed this bridge last week on motorcycles. Was one of our planned detours as we crossed I-40-US66. Found location listed in one of Oklahoma's Route 66 flyers. We love crossing all the old metal truss bridges on bikes. My only complaint would be that this bridge is NOT marked as a landmark, nor any signage leading you to It. Was directed off 44 at exit 108 to a blind left turn onto a stretch of old 66 in the book. Easy to find from Exit 101, 281 north spur, automatically will cross bridge. I would like to see some Historic markers for This Bridge and the old stretch of US 66 that still exist near Geary Oklahoma. Loved crossing this bridge as long as 13 football fields stacked end to end!