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Hickory Creek Bridge


Hickory Creek Through Truss

Nice old through truss, with the standard concrete approach guardrails (note typical damage). Exciting to me is finding older remnants, I will upload my find.

Photo taken by John Cross in June 2008


BH Photo #129882



Through truss bridge over Hickory Creek on Old U.S. 169
Nowata County, Oklahoma
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1930
Modified Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 90.9 ft.
Total length: 164.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.89079, -95.63721   (decimal degrees)
36°53'27" N, 95°38'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/264992/4086005 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
690 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 032010000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29443 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 37.9 (out of 100)
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Built during 1930s (11,800)
Nowata County, Oklahoma (19)
Oklahoma (2,007)
Open (40,044)
Owned by county (20,943)
Pratt through truss (5,458)
Pratt truss (9,395)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,464)
Through truss (15,283)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,948)
Truss (33,136)

Update Log 

  • December 12, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • December 7, 2008: New photos from Rick Mattioni
  • December 7, 2008: New photo from John Cross


  • John Cross - jcrossiam [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Rick Mattioni
  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com


Hickory Creek Bridge
Posted December 17, 2008, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

Those would be from previous road bridges. The construction is much too small for railroad use, and lally columns, if used, wouldn't be that small for RR service.

Hickory Creek Bridge- Older and older?
Posted December 7, 2008, by John Cross (jcross [at] fortsmithhome [dot] com)

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.