Exploring places that are off the beaten path is something I really love to do. When I read about the Swinging Bridge in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, I had to take a drive, steel my nerves and check it out. Are you brave enough?
The Swinging Bridge
History of the Swinging Bridge
The Swinging Bridge was designed by the city engineer, J.M. Buckley and built in 1926. When it was built, it was the only way people could cross the creek to go into Pawhuska when the water was high. The approximately 50 yards long bridge crosses over Bird Creek, on the south side of town.
Where to Find It
Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where the Swinging Bridge is located, sits in the north eastern part of the state, in Osage County. Drive into town on Highway 60, find Kihekha Ave and turn south. Go to the end of the road. You will see the the First Baptist Church South on your left. The entrance it directly across the street. There is a small parking area.
What People Say
As you can see in the photo above, the Swinging Bridge looks a little rickety. It is 93 years old after all. The bridge does swing when you walk across it, but they do inspect it for safety, so give it a try. People call it terrifying and scary. Lucky you, the sides are high, so you won’t fall over the edge.
I was a little nervous because of the things I read. However, after a few steps, I got used to movement and was able to enjoy it and watch the lovely Bird Creek below. Keep in mind, if you walk over the bridge, you will have to walk back, unless someone agrees to drive all the way to pick you up. Not likely in my family.
We enjoyed our adventure on the Swinging Bridge. If you’re in the area, most likely visiting the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile or Drummond Ranch, you should give it a go. Do you enjoy visiting places like this around the world?