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Squirrel Creek Bridge


Rainbow Arch Bridge

The only Rainbow Arch (design) bridge in Oklahoma

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in November 2008


BH Photo #129207

Street View 


Rainbow Arch bridge over Squirrel Creek on Rangeline Rd. (N3410) in Shawnee
Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1917. The only Rainbow Arch bridge in Oklahoma.
- Oklahoma State Highway Department
- Oklahoma State Penitentiary Convicts of McAlester, Oklahoma
Rainbow arch.
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 66.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 3, 2010
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.30019, -96.93016   (decimal degrees)
35°18'01" N, 96°55'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/688198/3908298 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 10 N., R. 3 E., Sec. 36
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 000320000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 10000625 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 29675 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 23, 2018: Updated by Luke: Noted use of convict labor
  • February 10, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Refined design. This is a Rainbow arch, but not a Marsh arch.
  • June 9, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge closed to vehicular traffic.
  • March 12, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added street view & imported photo
  • November 24, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Builder's name added.
  • December 5, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • November 11, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge creek crossing updated.



Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted September 21, 2020, by Iceresistance (iceresistanceroblox [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember crossing the bridge a several years ago, the bridge was open to one-lane traffic that time.

Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted September 23, 2018, by Rhys Martin (rhys [at] cloudlesslens [dot] com)

This bridge was rehabbed in 2017 in honor of its 100th birthday. It's looking great; new photo submitted.

Squirrel Creek Bridge
Posted August 11, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is to be closed to vehicular traffic but left for pedestrians. By the way, both Google Maps and the news article name the road as "Rangeline Road" but this bridgehunter page lists the road as Kickapoo Road. Is that therefore an error that we should correct?