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Near Burkburnett in Wichita County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Receiver Bridge

 
 
The Receiver Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, November 23, 2021
1. The Receiver Bridge Marker
Inscription.  A natural border of the Louisiana Territory when it was acquired by the United States in 1803, the Red River later served as a boundary between the states of Texas and Oklahoma. The exact location for the line of separation was challenged in 1920 soon after an extension of the Burkburnett oil field led to increased drilling activity in the area, including the banks and the bed of the stream. Since the Red River meandered, causing wide flood plains, the state of Oklahoma initiated a suit to determine ownership of the land. By authority of the United States Supreme Court, the disputed land was temporarily placed under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

Frederick A. Delano, whose nephew Franklin Delano Roosevelt later became president of the United States, was named as the receiver in charge of the property. As part of his plan of supervision, he had a one-lane wooden bridge (2.5 mi. N) built to the center of the river, providing access to the drilling sites.

The boundary between the two states was set as the south bank of the Red River in 1923. It was not until four years later that a special commission
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completed the actual survey work. The bridge was partially destroyed later during a 1935 flood.
 
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4214.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts.
 
Location. 34° 5.801′ N, 98° 41.109′ W. Marker is near Burkburnett, Texas, in Wichita County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 240 and Williamson Road, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 240. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burkburnett TX 76354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bridgetown (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ghost Town of Clara (approx. ¾ mile away); Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. one mile away); Clara Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Thrift (approx. 3.1 miles away); Northwest Extension Oilfield (approx. 3.1 miles away); Burnett Horse Ranch (approx. 4.1 miles away); Tenth Cavalry Creek (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkburnett.
 
The Receiver Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, November 23, 2021
2. The Receiver Bridge Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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