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April 21, 1977     The Perkins Journal
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April 21, 1977

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The Journal Thursday, April21, 1977-7 , . Dedication of two Bridges River The Robert M. Murphy Bridge Eight miles East of Perkins on Highway 33 The Robert Murphy bridge - 1977 Saturday, April 23, 1977 at 2:00 p. m. The old, battered bridge that served so well for so long i)  i i iii Robert M. Murphy Life-long Payne Countian and Oklahoma State Senator By Joyce Stanton Historical Marker Committee Chairman C. V.tt.S. The new Cimarron River Bridge on State Highway 33, that is to bc dedicated on S turday at 2 p.m., April 23, in hon,,r of Senator Robert M. Murphy, of Stillwater, is onh the second bridge to span the river in that loca- tion. The first was completed in 1930 when State Highway 33 as built. This was the first all-paved highway be- tw, en Oklahoma City and Tui,a, needless to say the peopl who lived on or near this new highway were estat- ically happy to have such a nice ribbon of concrete to travel upon. Prior to this time the main road between Tulsa and Oklahoma City was the OZARK ,TRAIL which was a ravel road. It by-passed Cushing to the south following the section line on what is now 9th Street continuing west for three miles before making a job to the south one mile, from this point the road continued west to Guthrie, staying south of the river all the way. The older people in this vi- cinily can still remember tra- veling this old trail or high- way. A story on Ozark Trail by Joyce Stanton will be in Cim- arron Family Legends. At the completion of State Highway 33 an elaborate c, h'bration was held in Cusl,ing. Oklahoma on Sunday November 2, 1930 to officiallx dedicate the entire st, etch of new highway, all the cities on the route parti- cipated in planning the fes- tivities. A gigantic parade depicting the Evolution of Transportation with floats and bands from towns and communities along the way, was the main attraction. A radio hook up was made and the progress was broadcast. Bristow was_probably the nearest radio station at that time. Pawnee Bill was there with a delegation from his Old Town at Pawnee. The following gentlemen repre- sented their towns in plan- ning the celebration and dedi:tion: J. P. Burke, Sand Springs; C. L. Hubbard, Key,tone; George D. Brock, Mannford; Oscar Anderson, OiltoN; E. E. Stowers, Drumright; Charles Griffith, Charles l)roegc and Ronald Slagel, Cushing; Enoch Car- tev, ,yle; Ed Thatcher, Stillwater; Earl Fletcher, Ed- mod; A. C. Holbrook, Dr. R. W. Holbrook and Wil- liam Knipe, Perkins; John Raedekcr, Cushing; Judge Gierer, Guthrie; R. G. Mil- ler, Oklahoma City; Austin Goom, Ripley; John Dunkin, T/sa; E. L. Bell, Drumright. The Governor of Oklahoma and many dignitaries were present at that dedica- tiol. Go ernw David Boren was invited to attend the Bridge dedication ceremonies, but will be unable to come due to previous commitments. Senators. Legislators, mem- bers and employees of the St:te Highway Commission will be present and many others who were sent special invitations. Music will be furnished by a western band composed of members of the Perkins Sen- ior Citizens group, including the following: Dale Caro- thers of Ripley; Roy Herndon and Dale Haston of Still- water; Don Prickett, Oney and Scotty Turner of Perkins. These men play each Mon- day night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Perkins Senior Citi- zens building and draw large crowds of western music lovers. Wc, people who travel State Highway 33, are very proud of our new bridge and the straightening of the dan- gerous curves on this stretch of highway. The old bridge was too narrow for the size of modern day cars and trucks to meet safely. Thanks so much to all those who helped in giving us a new safe bridge to cross. Everyone is invited to come and join us in dedicating the bridge in honor of Senator Robert M. Murphy, Painting Contractors Judge Robert L. Hert lled'e Country Cured Meats Owen Thomas Ford The Stillwater Bank Judge Leon J. York B & C Office Supply Iit National Bank, Stillwater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce E. W. Shelton Lumber Co. Frontier Federal Savings & Loan Jack Griffith Petroleum Products Homberger Overhead Door Co. Stillwater Auction Co. Cushing Allen Williammn T. C. "Doe" Bonner Bray Lines Inc. Brittains Discount Store Brooks Clothiers Chuck's Appliance Center King's Dairy Queen Davis Funeral Home Clifford. and LaVeta Randall Farmers National Bank, Cushing Foresee Chevrolet - Ol& First National Bank, Cushing Pats of Course Steer Inn Bill and Steve Cubbage Cushing Chamber of Commerce and Cimarron Valley Historical Society Ahrberg Milling Co.