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This is a list of all 22 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Oklahoma. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1894 (suspension bridge)
Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA
Bridgemeister ID:2332
Main cables:Wire
1898 (suspension bridge)
Noble, Oklahoma, USA (South Canadian River)
Bridgemeister ID:107
Principals:Ed Garee
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Destroyed, by flood, 1904
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:265f
Side spans:2
Deck width:14f
Notes
  • Wrecked by flood October 3rd or 4th, 1904.
1907 Bromide
Sulphur, Oklahoma, USA
Bridgemeister ID:121
Principals:Howard V. Hinckley
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed, 1916
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Destroyed by flood, 1916.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1908 (suspension bridge)
Ripley, Oklahoma, USA (Cimarron River)
Bridgemeister ID:298
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • The first photo seen here is dated March 2, 1909. With a magnifying glass, I can make out part of the builders plate in the foreground. The first line appears to be: "Wfd Mch & Fo... Co." (the portion between the Fo and Co is obscured) for Weatherford Machine and Foundry Company. The next two lines are clear: "BUILDERS 1908" and "WEATHERFORD TEXAS". The last line is largely obscurred but it appears to say "MITCHELL & PIGG PAT'D 1..." with a year at the end. Mitchell & Pigg was a well-known builder of suspension bridges in Texas. I have given this bridge a completion year of 1908 based on the sign, but I have seen other references to 1909 as the year of completion.
  • Similar to 1924 (suspension bridge) - Nocona vicinity, Texas and Jefferson County, Oklahoma, USA. In reference AUB, a picture of the Nocona bridge shows the same white-capped tubular towers. There are obvious differences, however, in the tower cross-bracing.
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Wes Kinsler
1913 Swinging
Tishomingo, Oklahoma, USA (Pennington Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:129
Principals:Western Bridge Company
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed
Notes
  • The description on the back of a postcard reads: "The only remaining swinging bridge in the state of Oklahoma crossable by automobile spans beautiful Pennington Creek in Tishomingo. The guaranteed strength of the bridge is 164 tons and is located 3 blocks south of the old Chickasaw Capitol on South Capitol Avenue. The bridge was built by Western Bridge Company of Sherman, Texas and was dedicated November 28, 1913."
  • Destroyed by flood.
  • An article in the April 7, 1964 issue of The Ada Evening News (Oklahoma) titled "Tishomingo Acts To Save Famed Bridge": "Tishomingo's Swinging Bridge, a landmark since Territorial days, may yet be saved from the junk man. Indeed, with a little luck, it may be put back into service to carry traffic across Pennington Creek as it did in its heyday. Some 25 persons attended a regular city council meeting Monday night to urge that the bridge be repaired; and the council appointed a committee to look into the cost of such a project. "It looks favorable," Mayor Lee butler said Tuesday. "It looks like we might get it repaired." The old suspension bridge has been closed to traffic for several years. Floor planks have rotted and fallen away, and the whole structure was condemned as unsafe. The problem of financing has held the city back from repairing the ancient structure. However, Butler said the county commissioners have offered to help, and quite a few individual citizens have promised donations to assist the project. When the committee reports back on the cost, Butler said, the council will be ready to take action."
  • The bridge must have been repaired in the mid-1960's and reopened. An article in the July 9, 1978 issue of The Ada Evening News (Oklahoma) titled "Repair of Tishomingo's Suspension Bridge Slated": "Work is expected to begin in the near future on the renovation of the suspension bridge here which spans Pennington Creek. The landmark structure and last swinging bridge in the state open to vehicular traffic was closed last May when city officials deemed it was 'too dangerous' to keep open due to its deteriorated state. In an effort to reopen the bridge as soon as possible, the Tishomingo City Council acted last week to approve funding for materials necessary to repair the 65-year-old structure and has arranged for participants in the Young Adult Conservation Corps camp at Sulphur to provide the manpower needed for the work. Frank Glover, head of the Tishomingo street department, said the Johnston County commissioners have also promised to aid in the repair of the bridge. Glover said he hopes the renovation will be completed this summer. He estimated materials for the work will cost the city about $5,000- $6,000. The bridge will have to be renovated from the bottom up, including the replacement of the entire wooden floor, Glover said. He said city officials are still looking for someone knowledgeable about the construction of suspension bridges to aid in the repair of the structure."
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1917 Morrison
Morrison vicinity, Oklahoma, USA (Black Bear Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2238
Coordinates:N 36.30811 W 96.95164
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:N.H. Sturgis
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Main cables:Wire
1917 Terral-Ringgold
Ringgold, Texas and Terral, Oklahoma, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:595
References:AUB, PTS2
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
1921 (suspension bridge)
Bridgeport and Geary, Oklahoma, USA (South Canadian River)
Bridgemeister ID:1660
References:PTS2
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
1923 McKeown (Ada-Konawa)
Tyrola, Ada vicinity and Konawa, Oklahoma, USA (Canadian River)
Bridgemeister ID:2146
References:PTS2
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1936
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • I have seen reference to J.W. Pigg's (of Mitchell & Pigg, prominent Texas suspension bridge builders of the early 20th century) involvement in the construction of the bridge. Steinman gives a date of 1922, but newspaper articles from mid-1923 describe the plans as still under consideration. The bridge was likely completed in 1923 or 1924.
  • A photograph of the bridge appears in the December 16, 1934 issue of The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) with caption: "This Old Bridge Is Doomed," sub-caption "Suspension Bridge on Highway 48 North of Ada," and a blurb: "This old bridge, known as the McKeown bridge, across the Canadian River between Ada and Konawa, is being condemned and will be rebuilt. It is a suspension bridge, one of the few in the state, but when the bridge is rebuilt it will be minus its 'suspenders.'"
1924 (footbridge)
Oklahoma, USA (Baron Fork Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1804
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:160f
Photo by Andy Anderson
1924 (suspension bridge)
Nocona vicinity, Texas and Jefferson County, Oklahoma, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:140
Coordinates:N 33.93579 W 97.75869
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AUB, HAERTX98, PTS2
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Only towers remain (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:700f
Notes
  • Legend has it the bridge was burned during a dispute. This likely occurred before 1955. The road that leads to the Texas side of the former crossing is "Burned Out Bridge Road." Follow the image of the derelict tower to see the remains of the bridge.
  • AUB mentions: "In January 1924, a contract was entered into with Nocona Bridge Company for a bridge across Red River, nine miles north of Nocona, connecting Texas and Oklahoma. The plans called for a 700' span, 16' roadway, and the main cables to contain 1,000 No. 9 galvanized wires each. The building of this, [the Austin Bridge Company's] first complete cable bridge, and the experience gained therefrom helped to launch Austin Bridge Company into an interesting and profitable line of work."
  • See (suspension bridge) - Gainesville vicinity, Texas, USA. This Nocona vicinity bridge may be the same bridge I have listed at "Gainesville vicinity, Texas."
Photo by Tony King
1927 Bryan-Fannin (Telephone, Snow's Ferry, Bryant-Fannin)
Bonham vicinity, Fannin County, Texas and Bryan County, Oklahoma, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:602
References:AUB, PTS2
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, December, 1940
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • I'm not sure if this bridge should be "Bryan-Fannin" or "Bryant-Fannin". While it unquestionably connected Fannin County to Bryan County, Oklahoma, according to a www.rootsweb.com article (Fannin County TXGenWeb - Ferry's in Fannin County, from Pat Pryor, by Kathy J. Ellis) it was erected at a site known as "Bryant's Crossing" named for a local, Dave Bryant. The Steinman inventory lists it as "Bryan-Fannin". AUB mentions it as "Bryant-Fannin". The Rootsweb article also mentions it collapsed in 1940 under weight of a truck.
  • An article in the December 6, 1940 issue of The Port Arthur News (Texas) titled: "Suspension Bridge Plunges Into Red River" describes the collapse: "Owners of a $75,000 tollbridge which plunged into the Red River Wednesday when a suspension cable anchor pulled loose were undecided today whether it would be rebuilt. The bridge, owned by the Austin Bridge company of Dallas, was near Telephone, Tex., 12 miles north of here, and was several miles from a principal highway. Most of the traffic from the Bonham area toward Oklahoma is across a structure built recently to replace a toll bridge at nearby Sowell's bluff that collapsed in 1930. Mrs. Jim Freeman, toll keeper, said she heard a 'rumble' and looked up to see the 'deadman anchor' pull loose, throwing the entire weight of the 1,300 foot span on the other cable. It snapped, and the flooring and steel framework of the bridge sagged into the water. No one was on the structure when it fell."
1928 (suspension bridge)
Idabel vicinity, Oklahoma and Clarksville vicinity, Texas, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:2378
References:AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, 1932
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • The November 1933 issue of The Wisconsin Engineer (a publication of the University of Wisconsin) has an article by C.W.P. Walter about research that was being performed by the University of Wisconsin's Engineering Department: "The particular hardware laden contrivance [in the Engineering Building] is a half-model of the Red River Bridge which carried light highway traffic between Clarksville, Texas, and Idabel, Oklahoma. In the early part of this year movement of the Red River as a result of flood waters washed away one of the intermediate piers supporting the end spans, and cause the cable to drop and be subjected to impact loading. It was contended by the company owning the bridge that the cable was overstressed and injured to such an extent that it would be necessary for the insurance company to replace the cable as well as the pier. A committee... was appointed to investigate the questions involved. While the investigation proceeded the Red River continued to scour away the foundation of the existing piers, ultimately causing the bridge to collapse completely."
  • AUB mentions this bridge very briefly: "In 1928, [Jim Diamond] was employed by Austin Bridge Company as a consultant on the super-structure and cable work for the White River bridge at Des Arc. Later in the same year, he represented the owners as job engineer on the bridge built by the Company across Red River above Clarksville, Texas."
  • The Texas Department of Transportation web site mentions in an article titled "Historic Suspension Bridges: Advent of the State Highway Department": "Five of the eleven suspension bridges built by [Austin Bridge Company] were toll bridges over the Red River. The Red River is notorious for its volatile, melting, red clay banks. The bridge between Clarksville, Texas, and Idabel, Oklahoma, was built by ABC in 1928, and washed out during flooding in 1932."
1928 Durant-Bonham (Sowell's Bluff)
Bonham vicinity, Fannin County, Texas and Yuba/Durant vicinity, Oklahoma, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:603
References:AUB, PTS2
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, 1932
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • According to a www.rootsweb.com article (Fannin County TXGenWeb - Ferry's in Fannin County, from Pat Pryor, by Kathy J. Ellis), "when in 1932 this bridge fell, many people said that acid had been put on the cables to break them so that people from Oklahoma could not cross to Bonham."
  • However, the true date of collapse may have been in 1934. The February 2, 1934 issue of The Daily Oklahoman has a front-page article with a photo of the bridge with collapsed deck. The photo is captioned: "The Red River Bridge on Highway 22 Near Durant After the Midnight Crash," and the article reads: "Here Is the debris of a $60,000 investment made by the states of Oklahoma and Texas eight months ago when they purchased the Bonham-Durant bridge across the Red river on highway 22. Three of the five spans of the 1,500-foot suspension bridge turned upside down and dropped into the river bed when a four-Inch wire cable rusted and broke in two about 15 feet from the ground on the Texas side. A lull in the usual heavy traffic across the bridge prevented accidents. The crash came at midnight, and one motorist had barely reached the Texas side when the cable gave away. Other motorists stopped their cars just in time to witness the spans of the bridge crash 40 feet into the stream. The bridge was built in 1926 and was operated as a toll bridge until 1933 when the two states bought it and made it a free crossing."
1949 (pipeline bridge)
Purcell vicinity, Oklahoma, USA (Canadian River)
Bridgemeister ID:1447
References:AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Pipeline
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • Unusual for a pipeline suspension bridge, this bridge has at least two main spans.
1992 (pipeline bridge)
Watson, Oklahoma, USA (Mountain Fork River)
Bridgemeister ID:1514
Principals:Clear Span Engineering, Inc.
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:775f
(footbridge)
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA (Ray Harral Nature Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1125
Coordinates:N 35.98443 W 95.78731
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Photo by Kevin Weaver
(footbridge)
Mountain Park, Oklahoma, USA (East Otter Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1059
Coordinates:N 34.69223 W 98.94983
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Suspended spans:1
(footbridge)
Norman, Oklahoma, USA (Duck Pond - University of Oklahoma)
Bridgemeister ID:812
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Tiny footbridge. Main span likely less than 30 feet.
(swinging bridge)
Medicine Park, Oklahoma, USA (Medicine Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:311
Suspended spans:1
Swinging
Kingfisher, Oklahoma, USA (Uncle John's Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:309
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
Swinging
Nowata, Oklahoma, USA
Bridgemeister ID:1310
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg

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