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Railroad Bridge across the Canadian River near Wanette

January 20, 2009

This photo is of an old railroad bridge that crosses the South Canadian River and now connects the towns of Wanette and Byars, Oklahoma for automobile traffic. Years ago when the rail line was discontinued the rail bed was converted into a road that connected county roads and allowed traffic to cross the Canadian River. With few bridges crossing the Canadian this saved locals miles of travel when going from one community to the other. This is truly a unique bridge and am so glad it has been preserved. A fire that destroyed the wooden planks of the bridge were replaced with the concrete as shown in this photo that allows for one lane traffic.

According to an article in the Purcell Register the 780-foot steel structured bridge was built in 1902 to serve Indian Territory and Pottawatomie County and the rail line went from Newkirk through Shawnee, through Byars and to the east of Pauls Valley.

For the motorcycle rider this would make a great road trip through the country. From I-40 East at Exit 178 you will head south on Hwy 102 to the town of Wanette then follow Drummond Road as it curves west and across the river. Happy Riding!!

The photo below is of my Dad which has always loved railroads, had a HO Gauge Railroad layout, and traveled Colorado extensively riding and photographing the Steam Engines of Colorado.

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  1. Kathy permalink
    January 28, 2009 4:48 pm

    I love those pictures. Would you believe I have not been any further south than Muskogee. I know, thats pitiful. Your dad looks like hes enjoying himself. =) I added you to my blos I follow. Kathy

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