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County ‘bridges’ exhibit now open

County ‘bridges’ exhibit now open

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at 12:01 AM  

The Bartlesville area History Museum has launched an effort to educate residents about Washington County bridges. Museum Coordinator Jo Crabtree said even local residents might be surprised how many bridges have been built in the county since the birth of Bartlesville.

“Washington County and the surrounding area have seen many communities, other than the county seat of Bartlesville, rise to endure or cease to exist,” Crabtree said. “Growing up around trading posts or stores, schools and churches, some became large enough to incorporate; others have maintained importance as communities, still others remain today only as historic sites — or merely memories.”

One of the historic sites, Crabtree said, is the very beginning of Bartlesville itself — the Carr-Bartles community on the north side of the Caney River across the Cherokee Avenue Bridge. Former BAHM curator and historian Margaret Withers Teague noted the site was marked Oct. 21, 1966, “with an official Oklahoma State Historical Society sign just to the north of the Bartlesville city limits on Bartles Mill Road, or Old U.S. 75.” FULL ARTICLE

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