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

Red River Bridge

 
 
Red River Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, October 12, 2013
1. Red River Bridge Marker
Inscription.  

North span first free bridge across Red River erected 1931, replaced 1996. Oklahoma Gov. "Alfalfa" Bill Murray defied Federal Court injunction plowed up road to "toll" bridge forcing opening of "free" bridge linking Texas & Oklahoma hwy's. Gov. Murray came personally to oversee the bridge opening. OK National Guard vs TX Rangers
 
Erected 1997 by Colbert Historical Society, Colbert Park Board and Oklahoma Historical Society. (Marker Number 227-1997.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical year for this entry is 1931.
 
Location. 33° 51.421′ N, 96° 30.651′ W. Marker is in Colbert, Oklahoma, in Bryan County. Marker is on Timothy Drive north of Moore Avenue, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located at the Colbert City Park. Entrance to the park is on Timothy Drive. The walking trail leads to the marker and bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colbert OK 74733, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colbert's Ferry (approx. half a mile away); 1931 Free Bridge Controversy
Red River Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, October 12, 2013
2. Red River Bridge
Part of the bridge was moved to the city park.
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(approx. 3 miles away in Texas); a different marker also named Colbert's Ferry (approx. 3 miles away in Texas); Lake Texoma (approx. 4½ miles away in Texas); Site of Terrell High School (approx. 6.6 miles away in Texas); Hopewell Baptist Church (approx. 6.9 miles away in Texas); J.K. Miller House (approx. 7 miles away in Texas); Miller's Spring (approx. 7 miles away in Texas).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2022, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 8, 2022, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Feb. 5, 2023