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Red River Bridge


State Highway 79 Bridge at the Red River



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BH Photo #334822


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Pony truss bridge over Red River on TX 79
Clay County, Texas, and Jefferson County, Oklahoma
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1939
- Brooks & Dahlgren of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Oklahoma Highway Commission
- Texas Highway Department
Parker pony truss.
Bridge is a 21-span series of identical riveted Camelback pony truss spans, each with a span length of 102 feet. It is the only vehicular Camelback truss surviving on a state highway in Texas.
The bridge has an unusual bearing detail in which back-to-back fixed bearings on adjacent spans are combined into a single fixed bearing serving both spans.
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 2,256.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1996
Also called
State Highway 79 Bridge at the Red River
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.13260, -98.09263   (decimal degrees)
34°07'57" N, 98°05'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/583664/3777230 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Waurika West
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 030390028201005 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 96001518 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 32830 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 9, 2020: Updated by Nathan Holth: Demolished and replaced.
  • August 11, 2015: Updated by Andy Peters: Added category "Camelback truss"
  • January 3, 2012: Updated by Jason Straub: NRHP updates
  • March 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View.



Red River Bridge
Posted June 19, 2018, by Sharon Thompson (km5gv [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

New bridge being constructed just east of this bridge

Red River Bridge
Posted June 19, 2018, by Sharon Thompson (km5gv [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Sad to say, we visited this bridge in May of 2018 and its days are numbered. A replacement bridge is being constructed immediately to the east, and this bridge will be removed. It is not known whether it will be eligible for "adoption" and removal to another location.