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Beale Bridge Pictures at Redbank Creek

You will be pleased to note that Kyle Burch's pictures of the masonry stone abutments he found at the Beale Iron Bridge site on Redbank Creek in Leflore County, OK are now available for viewing again at bealewagonroad.com.

Also you will see the Historically Significant discovery of the 1859 "Bridge Signs" that Kyle also found near the site which prove the relevance and relationships previously developed among Lt. Edward F. Beale's Wagon Road to the Pacific, Squire Whipple's six Iron Bridges built on the BWR in Indian Territory in 1859 and John W. Murphy, Pencoyd Iron Works' bridge engineer for A. & P. Roberts & Co. of Philadelphia. A recent (2020) book noted previously documents that Murphy designed and Pencoyd fabricated the six iron bridges for the U. S. Government.

What three associates of mine from Upstate New York, where over a hundred similar Whipple Bridges were built in the mid-1800's, and I have been working on for the past three months is (1) developing the credentials of John W. Murphy to be Pencoyd's bridge engineer for the BWR project, (2) to determine the importance that Philadelphia's Iron Works industry placed on such a national road building project to the Pacific in 1859-61, and (3) how to best preserve the Holy Grail cast iron bridge sign bars found buried near the site for 160 years!

What we have found is almost as amazing to us as Kyle's discovery. J. W. Murphy and A. & P. Roberts used sterographic photography (to provide visual depth perception) of one of Murphy's new iron bridges to advertise their iron bridge building capabilities to Eastern Railroad Companies in early 1861. AND THEY CITED THEIR CONSTRUCTION OF THE SIX IRON BRIDGES FOR THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S BEALE WAGON ROAD TO THE PACIFIC in the same business ads as an example of their national accomplishments. Jim Stewart of Churchville, NY, made this dramatic discovery.

At the same time, President-elect Lincoln stopped his Inauguration railway caravan at Philadelphia on Feb. 22, 1861 to address the nation on Washington's birthday at Independence Hall, only two blocks from the Headquarters of A. & P. Roberts & Co. and John W. Forney's (publisher) The Philadelphia Press (re: Wanderer/John Russell Young). As noted previously, Forney's upcoming Washington, D.C. newspaper became the Voice of the Lincoln Administration during the Civil War to come.

The artifacts that Kyle Burch of Spiro, OK found in his "back yard" were considered a national treasure for a brief period of time in early 1861. But then the Civil War came, and we soon forgot almost everything not paid for in American blood.

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Five Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridges in IT
Redbank Creek
Sans Bois Creek
Re: Sans Bois Creek
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Longtown Creek
Poteau River
Poteau River Beale Iron Bridge Location
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Re: Beale Bridge Location Not "E Street"
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Whipple's Iron Bridges?
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Re: Poteau River Beale Iron Bridge Location
Re: Poteau River Beale Iron Bridge Location
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Summary: Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridges in IT
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Re: Beale Wagon Road’s Six Iron Bridges in IT
More on Location of Poteau River Bridge
More on Site of Poteau River Iron Bridge
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The Wanderer's Letters on the Beale Bridges
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Wanderer's Eighth Letter Found
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Beale Wagon Road??
Wanderer's Nov. 3 Letter on the Beale Bridges
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Wanderer's Nov. 16 Letter on the Poteau Bridge
Who was the Wanderer?
More info on the Wanderer
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John Russell Young's biography
Re: John Russell Young's biography
Re: John Russell Young's biography
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More on Wanderer=Young
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Philadelphia Connection to Beale's Iron Bridges
New Book on Pencoyd Iron Works of Philadelphia
Edwards Goes To Washington
Signs for BWR in Pottawatomie County
Update for Six Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridges in IT
Info on Iron Bridge Across Sans Bois Creek
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Jim Stewart's Commentary and Guidance
The Six 1859 Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridges in IT
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Primary References for Beale Wagon Road
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Correction for Overview
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URL's to Wanderer's A,B,C Letters
Re: Five Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridges in IT
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BEALE BRIDGE SITE FOUND
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Kyle Burch's Pictures at Redbank Creek
Jack Beale Smith's Example Picture
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Beale Bridge Pictures at Redbank Creek
Beale Bridge Sign -- A National Treasure?
Another Pencoyd-Murphy Business Card
The Holy Grail Discovery for Beale Wagon Road
A Tribute to John Russell Young