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***MIDLAND VALLEY MYTHS***
As of this writing, a more than 100-year-old bridge still stands in Tulsa: The circa 1905 Midland Valley Bridge. That may soon change…
Originally a railroad bridge, it was converted (in the 1970s) into a highly popular Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge once was called “key to the recreation potential of Tulsa’s stretch of the Arkansas River.” At the 1975 dedication, it was said the bridge “could serve as a symbol of the river itself” (these quotes are from Ann Patton’s book The Tulsa River).
But times have changed; there are plans to demolish the original Pedestrian Bridge and to install a replacement bridge. (This despite the findings of a 2015 report, little known to most Tulsans, but recently made public in full on this site; see below…)
To the dismay of some Tulsans, the planned replacement bridge has been stripped down from its originally presented design, due to its excessive cost. One large issue is the absence of shade structures. (See new flyer further below…)
Meanwhile, the design as incorporated into the historical railroad bridge is noteworthy from a creative-design architectural standpoint. Credit goes to Memphis architect Roy Harrover…
“The idea had been to remove the old tracks and replace them with a walking path, but ‘Harrover said, you can’t do that. Take out the braces and build the trail underneath the structure, so people don’t have to climb a ladder to get to the walkway, and they can walk out of the sun. It was a brilliant solution,’ remembered Len Eaton.” (The Tulsa River, page 33.)
The original, highly popular bridge, with its pleasant qualities and historic significance and character, might—or should—still be saved! The possibility of keeping it needs to be seriously, impartially reevaluated before it is too late!
QUESTIONS FOR SIGNERS AND TULSANS: If demolition is canceled, how could a restored/renovated version of the original Pedestrian Bridge best be “blended” with The Gathering Place, in your opinion? Should the bridge’s appearance be altered? What design changes or upgrades to the existing bridge would you like, if any, whether all the way across or just at the entrances? Should some transition space (such as a historic plaque with surrounding benches) be included? Please send your thoughts via the contact page. Some may be featured in a future article…
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