This photo shows the south Beale abutment with the remains of the 1909 bridge still attached. The mystery has been solved as to where the 1859 Beale Bridge was located across Little River in Oklahoma. This location is a few miles south of Holdenville, Oklahoma in Hughes County. The only reason that the 1909 bridge is still attached to the abutments is the fact that Little River changed course in 1948 creating an oxbow, leaving the bridge high and dry and isolated from seeing eyes who might want to tear it down.
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.
Dr. David Miller of Norman, Oklahoma sitting on the east abutment for the 1859 Beale Bridge across Little River, With Miller are farmer Tom Turner’s two dogs that traveled with us to the bridge site. Photo by Jack Beale Smith.
Jack Beale Smith standing on the east abutment looking across the river at the west abutment. of the Beale Bridge across Little River. Photo by Dr. David Miller of Norman, Oklahoma.
Across the river can be seen the abutment to the Beale Bridge across little River. Photo by Dr. David Miller of Norman Oklahoma.
Jack Beale Smith pointing to one of the rock bases for the Beale bridge in the river that can be seen at this time because the river is low. Photo by Dr. David Miller of Norman Oklahoma.
Part of the support beam to the Beale Bridge across Little River can still be seen in the water. This is an excellent example of the type of masonry used at that time. The pipe brace is still attached to the base under water at this time. The building of the bridge was done in 1859 by Beale’s brother-in-law Henry Edwards. Photo by David Miller of Norman, Oklahoma.
Jack Beale Smith standing by three signs placed on Tom Turner’s farm at Little River. Photo by Dr David Miller of Norman, Oklahoma
Tom Turner farmer and David Miller stand next to historic signs placed on Turner’s farm at Little River south of Holdenville, Oklahoma
This photo shows the interior of the Mayfield store in Spaulding, Oklahoma. This photos shows the real America not the one of today where if people did not have a cell phone in their hand the commit suicide, or would die of cellphoneitist.