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Packsaddle Bridge



Photo taken June 1984 by Ken Corder for the Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #108492

Street View 


Lost 26-span through truss bridge over South Canadian River on US 283
Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, and Ellis County, Oklahoma
Replaced by a modern bridge
Built 1929-30; replaced 1985
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 144.0 ft.
Total length: 3,810.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.86747, -99.72804   (decimal degrees)
35°52'03" N, 99°43'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/434273/3969494 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 29695 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 17, 2011: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • December 19, 2009: Updated by Gary Hines: revised map location
  • August 28, 2006: Posted new photos


  • HAER OK-3 - Pack Saddle Bridge
  • Gary Hines - ghines [at] odot [dot] org
  • Sheldon Wiens


Packsaddle Bridge fatality accident
Posted August 3, 2020, by David W. Buckley (deebuck53 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

My Uncle and 2 passengers were killed in a single car accident on the south end of Pack Saddle Bridge near Wolf Creek on Wednesday Jan 1 1964 around 1:00 pm. The three were my Uncle Jerry Webb a cousin Eddie Mahl and a friend of theirs Bob Garrison returning from a pheasant hunting trip to Nebraska. The car was a red Rambler station Wagon left totally unrecognizable after the accident leaving pheasant strewn along the path as the car went off of the right side of the hiway right after crossing at the south end of the bridge. All three were headed back home to Elk City. It was a terrible day.

Packsaddle Bridge
Posted May 18, 2011, by Randy Barton (jamesl4932000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My Grandparents Jess & Lela Barton lived up the hill from the bridge on a farm next to the Packsaddle Bar. I used to go in there and buy pop in the late sixties. They raised cotton and Milk cows. We used to walk through the canyon down to the river then over to the bridge and back when I was a kid.

Packsaddle Bridge
Posted September 20, 2010, by Terry Koontz (terrykoontz [at] gmail [dot] com)

My aunt was involved in the destruction of the bridge! She was driving in her station wagon and an overloaded truck sieswiped her travelling the opposite direction. He only came back because the overloaded truck behind him actually hit the bridge! The bridge was too damaged to repair and thus the new bridge was built

Packsaddle Bridge
Posted February 10, 2010, by J.C. (clarpres [at] earthlink [dot] net)

My Grandfather and I put up that barbed wire fence that you can see in the foreground of one of the photos. He owned a lot of the river-bottom land, and we used to drive tractors, put up fences, and build levees so that he could lease the land out for cattle grazing. It was barren but beautiful Oklahoma land. (From mid '60s to early '70s)

Packsaddle Bridge
Posted December 20, 2009, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Any color pics or pics of its ugly demolition out there???

Packsaddle Bridge
Posted May 24, 2007, by Ray Meller (imnspectr [at] aol [dot] com)

I was told in my youth that my Mother's Uncle was the engineer that designed and built the Packsaddle Bridge. His name was C.V. Word and when I knew him he lived South of Arnett, Oklahoma on the U7 Ranch

Ray Meller