Custer County signs

The last two Beale Road wooden bridge sites had Beale road signs placed in August of 2017.  Photos of Jack Beale Smith and Dr. David Miller standing by the signs.  Dr. Miller is the taller gentleman.

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Custer County new signs

All the wooden bridge signs have been installed in Custer County along the old Beale Wagon Road.  Two have been placed on the road to the Lucky Star Casino.  Attached photos show what the signs look like.  Jack Beale Smith.

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Little River Bridge 1909

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Another view of the 1909 bridge on the 1859 Beale Bridge abutments.  The old river channel can be seen below now dry as the river changed course in 1948. Thanks to Gene Mccluney of Fort Smith Arkansas for this discovery.  He is an expert on old bridges and abutments.  Photo by Mike Shockley of Holdenville, Oklahoma.

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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.

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Little River Beale Bridge abutments

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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.

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Beale Wagon Road

Beale Wagon Road

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.

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Beale Wagon Road

Beale Wagon Road

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.

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Beale Wagon Road

Beale Wagon Road

Across the river can be seen the abutment to the Beale Bridge across little River. Photo by Dr. David Miller of Norman Oklahoma.

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Beale Wagon Road

Beale Wagon Road

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.

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