Photograph of the Arkansas River pedestrian and wagon toll bridge at 11th Street and Southwest Boulevard. Across the bridge you can see Lookout Mountain (now known as Turkey Mountain). The concrete piers of the bridge are used mortar casings filled with concrete. This photo was taken shortly after the bridge's completion in 1904. The sign atop the bridge reads: "They said we couldn't do it but we did." This refers to the bureaucratic process involved in approving the bridge. The Tulsa Indian Territory Corporation had to gain approval for the project from the Chief of the Creek Nation, the 5 Civilized Tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Coastal Geographic Survey (CGS). Due to the CGS's concerns about keeping the river navigable, the bridge was redesigned so that its river elevation was 1 foot above all other Arkansas River bridges then in existence.
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Preservation and archiving of this significant Tulsa treasure of photographs and artifacts was made possible through the Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society and the generosity of Tulsa World/Lorton Family Chester Cadieux the Rotary Club of Tulsa and many other community-minded corporations, institutions and individuals.