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Michael Overall: Historic bridge might survive development plans near Tulsa casino (OPINION)

Michael Overall: Historic bridge might survive development plans near Tulsa casino (OPINION)

Tulsa World
By Michael Overall Tulsa World  
Apr 15, 2018
Updated Apr 16, 2018  

Oblivious to the adult drama playing out on the road above, half a dozen kids were playing soccer last week in the dry creek bed that separates Southern Villa Mobile Home Park from Lewis Avenue. Their little soccer field, no bigger than a basketball court, floods pretty much every time it rains. But the water usually recedes in a day or two and the games resume.

The creek didn’t have a bridge back when the area was a dairy farm, leaving the cattle stranded after every rain storm. Farm workers used a swinging rope to get across, according to an old account in the Tulsa World archives.

When the farm closed and the trailer park opened, more than 50 years ago, residents needed a more reliable way to get home. So the park bought and relocated a single 165-foot span from the original Jenks bridge, which crossed the Arkansas River nearby. Built either in 1909, 1910 or 1913, depending on which records you believe, the truss bridge was wide enough for only one car at a time, driving across a pair of wooden “tracks.” FULL ARTICLE

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