Quapaw Creek Bridge, Osage Co.

Built in 1938, this 120-foot modified Pratt truss stands west of Skiatook about 1/2 mile south of Hwy. 20 on an east-west road.

Above, looking west. The bridge is very typical of this built in the 1920's, and may have been moved here in 1930, though there were a few bridges built such as this in the 30's and 40's, and this could be one of them.

Below, this stone abutment is part of the remains of a previous bridge that crossed here. Unlike the present bridge, which runs true east-west, this earlier bridge crossed Quapaw Creek at right angles, and thus ran NE-SW.

Above, the well-laid stone abutment and wing wall.

Below, close-up of the truss. The modified Pratt is derived from the Baltimore truss arrangement, but does not have the panels subdivided.

Above, a view looking east. This is a well built bridge and a great example of a standard design bridge that was popular for many years in Oklahoma.


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