Remains of the Beale Bridge abutments across Little River, Oklahoma The remains of the 1909 bridge are setting on the abutments of the 1859 Beale Bridge. In other words When the built the 1909 bridge it was placed on these older abutments. In previous photos as to the location of the Beale Bridge are wrong. We were mislead by Historian Grant Foreman who was shown that location by a Mr. Bilby in 1930. There was a low water bridge constructed there shortly after the Beale Bridge was destroyed in 1865 during the Civil War.