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Sailboat Bridge


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Photo by Oklahoma Department of Transportation

View this photo at okladot.state.ok.us

BH Photo #126651



Lost deck truss bridge over Grand Lake on US 59 in Copeland
Delaware County, Oklahoma
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1938; demolished and replaced 2001
- Virginia Bridge Co. of Roanoke, Virginia
Continuous Warren deck truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 2,548.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Grove Highway Bridge
Grand Lake Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.64448, -94.81428   (decimal degrees)
36°38'40" N, 94°48'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/337816/4056967 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Afton NE
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 065920000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 28922 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 88.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 3, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 23, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Added builder's name.


  • Rick Mattioni
  • Geoff Hubbs


Sailboat Bridge
Posted September 5, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I believe this is the bridge referenced as the Grove Highway Bridge by the AISC. If so, it was a Second Honorable Mention of the Most Beautiful Steel Bridge Award, 1939 Class B. At the time of award, the bridge was owned by the Grand River Dam Authority, who also was the engineer for the bridge. The fabricator for the main trusses was the Virginia Bridge Company, with Patterson Steel Co. for the approach spans, floor system and railings.


Grand Lake Bridge
Posted October 19, 2007, by Karl Zimmerman (karl [dot] zimmerman [at] valpo [dot] edu)

This bridge (a 1937 deck truss, known as Sailboat Bridge in the area) is long gone. The bridge was functionally obsolete by about 1990, and starting about 1997 Oklahoma DOT began replacing the bridge with two new bridges, both segmental concrete. The old bridge was demolished to make room for one of the new ones.

I don't know about anyone else, but the new bridges lack the aesthetics of the old ones...

The first picture is the original Sailboat Bridge (credit Oklahoma DOT). The second is a panoramic view of the new Sailboat Bridge(s).