Author Archives: Jack Smith
Sorry for the fact that I did not mention that Kyle Burch took the photos of the Bridge sign and of the abutments at Red Bank Creek.
Six iron bridges were built in Indian Territory during the years 1859-60. Cut stone abutments were constructed on each side of the stream beds for the bridge frames to be placed on. The bridge types were the Square Whipple bowstring bridge. The design for this bridge was acquired by J. W. Murphey, civil engineer for the Pencoyd Iron Works in Pencoyd, Pa. The owners were two brothers A.&P. Roberts. Most of the bridges were destroyed during the Civil War by Confederate Troops, to slow down the movement of Union Troops. A diligent search for the remains of these abutments by myself and others. A few years ago we located the Beale Abutments for the Little River Bridge located south of Holdenville. The photos below shows what the abutments look like.
Here is another article written on the Canyon Diablo Train Robbery. This one was written by Maurice Kildare whos real name is Gladwell Richardson. During the 1920s and 1930s he gathered information from several individuals who had first hand knowledge concerning the train robbery. The article was published in the True West Magazine.
Here is another article written on the Canyon Diablo Train Robbery by A. J. Patane
Pictured above are two types of baskets that were produced during the basketmaker time period: 2500 B.C to 500 A.D. Baskets shown above were probably discovered at the site at Emigrant Springs south of Sanders, Az. This site appears to have been excavated by a pot hunter and not a professional Archaeologist. So it most likely is a great loss to the history of this region. Researching the work of many archaeologist who have studied the area around Northeast Arizona I have not uncovered any work done at this site.
The two paintings above were done by Natasha Graf, which she painted on her grandma’s suitcase to make it easy to identify while traveling. Natasha is a student at University of Central Oklahoma. Her field is elementary education. I will be using these drawings as logos for the Beale Wagon Road Publishing Co. books.