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Big Creek Bridge


Closed N4190 Bridge

Over Big Creek/upper Oologah Lake, side view

Photo taken by John Cross in June 2007


BH Photo #129798



Through truss bridge over Big Creek on N4190 Rd.
Nowata County, Oklahoma
Closed to all traffic
Built ca. 1930, yeah thats what the documentation says, but it appears to be much, much older. Look at the slender chords, and tiny pin-connections.
Pin-connected, 11-panel Camelback Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 195.9 ft.
Total length: 237.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Also called
Big Creek
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.73500, -95.54000   (decimal degrees)
36°44'06" N, 95°32'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/273197/4068483 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Nowata East
646 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 032230000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29451 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 2, 2017: New photos from Mark Brown
  • December 12, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • December 7, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge crossing updated.
  • December 7, 2008: New photos from John Cross


  • John Cross - jcrossiam [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Rick Mattioni
  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • Mark Brown - markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Big Creek Bridge
Posted January 19, 2017, by Mark Brown (markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is NOT a camelback bridge. , i will upload new photos soon.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted June 19, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Certainly mean no offense, but the "Trees" did not keep the sunlight out, as it was slightly overcast, and almost dark when we shot these photos. No sun in the sky at all at this time of the evening.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted June 18, 2009, by L Thompson

This photo is of Big Creek Bridge. I own property beside it. Looks like you were on my property when you took the picture. The x-assessor, equalization board of Nowata county and the Oklahoma Tax Commission representatives,claim I have no trees on my property. As you can see from the photos this is incorrect. The trees even kept the sunlight out from you taking the photos. Thats where our tax dollars go- to pay for incompetent people. This use to be a very nice and beautiful bridge, my boys use to jump off it and go swimming below.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted May 21, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I think the b/w photo of the bridge in the previous comment by Anonomous (Wes Kinsler) is actually the Hancock Bridge crossing of the Verdigris River. A 1909 mixed truss bridge that was extant in 1992 (Spans Of Time) but gone before the current ODOT Spans of Time. This was on E0135. DeLorme Topo USA mapping software shows the crossing as "Hancock Bridge".

Big Creek Bridge
Posted December 14, 2008, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

1930 was probably the year it was moved. The bridge has a strong resemblance to a bridge that once crossed the Caney River in Bartlesville where the Veterns Memorial concrete arch bridge now stands (it is the bridge in the back ground on the cover of "Spans of Time" by J King), notably the use of the portal style "A frame" sway braces all through the bridge.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted December 14, 2008, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

So far, the only time we (John Cross and myself) got stuck in my Land River was trying to get to this bridge. The original roadway is blocked a considerable distance back on each side..and it is low country, damp. Notice how low to the water this bridge sits. We had to walk a considerable distance almost at dusk to get these photos.

Big Creek Bridge
Posted December 13, 2008, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

Spans of times gives a date of 1909:

1909 Nowata 53E0135N4180003 Canton Br.

That was me on the last message with a picture

Big Creek Bridge
Posted December 13, 2008, by Anonymous

I am glad to see confirmation that this is still standing. I believe this might be the same bridge (From spans of time at http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/hqdiv/p-r-div/spansoftime/mix... ).

Unnamed Creek Bridge
Posted December 7, 2008, by John Cross (jcross [at] fortsmithhome [dot] com)

My pictures are poor, but it was late in the day (and we were about to get stuck). I wanted to show the adjacent wing wall pier to what was likely the bridge prior to this. My maps show this crossing as the upper Oologah Lake/Big Creek on N4190.