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Stepps Ford Bridge


Photo taken by Gene McCluney in October 2011


BH Photo #215792


Through truss bridge over Neosho River on 5834C
Ottawa County, Oklahoma
Demolished and replaced.
Built ca. 1910
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 155.8 ft.
Total length: 422.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 21.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Neosho River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.92822, -94.95722   (decimal degrees)
36°55'42" N, 94°57'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/325681/4088698 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Miami NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 000170000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29564 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 9, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced. (Confirmed by Field Visit)
  • December 4, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed spelling of name, added that bridge is being marketed.
  • October 7, 2011: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • September 29, 2011: Updated by Gene McCluney: Edited map



Stepps Ford Bridge
Posted May 23, 2022, by Greg Stepp

I have come to fine this page by historical heritage research.

My Great, Great Grandfather Hardin Stepps brother was Andy Stepp Who the bridge is said to be named for by my deceased Grandfather Raymond Stepp. The Short story told for me to read all these years later is as follows.

Hardin, Andy and there Father (No Name given) moved from Virginia, Hardin and his Father stayed in Terre Haute, IN and Andy settled in Miami, Okla. Andy started a saw mill, bought his lumber from Native Americans and sold it to the lead and zink mines.

Stepps Ford Bridge
Posted February 16, 2021, by Darrell W Powers jr (Systemofadown311 [at] outlook [dot] com)


Stepps Ford Bridge
Posted December 7, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WOW! I would love to know what the massive cost was on this project! Realignment, massively overbuilt slab, and demo of the landmark structure. Taxpayers really got it put to them on this ridiculous project!!!

Stepps Ford Bridge
Posted June 9, 2016, by Nathan B Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A massive, two-lane slab of concrete now connects this poorly maintained narrow one lane gravel road. Despite being on new alignment, this beautiful truss was nevertheless demolished. Very disappointing.