Old Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge closed


It’s only open to foot traffic

By Dan Pennington - dpennington@civitasmedia.com



Jimmy Alley and Brandon Carr put up barricades that close the old iron Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians will be able to enjoy the view walking across it. Lynn Smith of Durant’s Blast from the Past Car Club led the last caravan across the old Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge. The car club’s antique cars were the last to drive over the bridge before it was closed Tuesday to all but foot traffic.


Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge is now closed to vehicles and is only a foot bridge.

The 107-year-old bridge was replaced recently by the Simmons Bridge, officially called the “Sgt. Anthony Simmons Veteran’s Memorial Bridge” with another sign designating it “Red River Carpenter’s Bluff.”

The Durant Car Club, “Blast from the Past” was on hand to be the last cars to drive across the old iron bridge.

It was a horse and buggy bridge with a railroad on one side, then it was closed on the road side in the early 1980s.

The railroad no longer used the bridge so that side was converted to vehicle traffic and used since then.

Now, it’s only a walking bridge across the Red River.

It was fitting that the antique cars were the very last vehicles across the Red River on the old iron bridge.

Contact Dan Pennington at (580) 634-2162 or dpennington@civitasmedia.com

Jimmy Alley and Brandon Carr put up barricades that close the old iron Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians will be able to enjoy the view walking across it. Lynn Smith of Durant’s Blast from the Past Car Club led the last caravan across the old Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge. The car club’s antique cars were the last to drive over the bridge before it was closed Tuesday to all but foot traffic.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_Barricade-1.jpgJimmy Alley and Brandon Carr put up barricades that close the old iron Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians will be able to enjoy the view walking across it. Lynn Smith of Durant’s Blast from the Past Car Club led the last caravan across the old Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge. The car club’s antique cars were the last to drive over the bridge before it was closed Tuesday to all but foot traffic. Photos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_IMG_0032caravan-1.jpgPhotos by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat
It’s only open to foot traffic

By Dan Pennington

dpennington@civitasmedia.com

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