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Tulsa in Tulsa County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Bridge Builder

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
1. The Bridge Builder Marker
Inscription.  On February 19, 1946, the Tulsa World published a picture of Cyrus Avery holding a plaque on which the following poem was inscribed. The original plaque was mounted on the upstream rail of the bridge but is rumored to have been removed during World War II to prevent its disappearance and conversion to scrap. The whereabouts of the original plaque are unknown today; however, the original bolt locations can still be seen on the bridge railing.

The Bridge Builder

An old man going a lone highway
Come at the evening cold and gray
To a chasm vast and deep and wide,
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him,
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide,
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting your strength with building here,
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way,
You've crossed the chasm deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at eventide?"
The Builder lifted his old gray head,
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said.
"There
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
2. The Bridge Builder Marker
Marker is on the right.
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followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way,
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be,
He too must cross in the twilight dim,
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him,"

-Anonymous
 
Erected by Vision 2025.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsCommunications. A significant historical date for this entry is February 19, 1946.
 
Location. 36° 8.677′ N, 96° 0.187′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is at the intersection of Old U.S. 66 and Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 66. Marker is located at Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, behind the East Meets West sculpture. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 US Rte 66, Tulsa OK 74127, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Bridge (here, next to this marker); Cyrus Stevens Avery (here, next to this marker); "East Meets West" (a few steps from this marker); Tulsa's 11th Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Tulsa's 11th Street Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bridge that Saved Tulsa (about 300
Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
3. Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza
Marker is second from the right.
feet away); Oil Capital Motel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Will Rogers Motor Court (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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