David Erickson, founding member November 2000-present-dams
Kristi Erickson, member, September 2010-present-token OKC person
Wes Kinsler, founding member November 2000-present-bridges
Ken Parker, member, February 2004-present-highways
Marita Sánchez, member, May 2001-present-art & culture
Kyle Wright, member, March 2004-present-restaurants & road-side fun
The Oklahoma Historic Bridge and Highway Group (OHB&HG) is a collection of persons interested in seeing Oklahoma who venture out into Oklahoma's wide open country side on select weekends to photograph historic and noteworthy infrastructure and see other natural and man-made sites that the state has to offer. Because of the scope of our group's interests, each member has specialized on a particular area for the webpage that they choose to publish and maintain.
History of the group
It all started in November, 2000, when Wendy Robinson, a friend of Wes Kinsler, loaned him her camera to photograph the first two bridges for a webpage that would eventually be called Oklahoma Bridges. The first photo, below was not the first bridge featured when the site was initially launched.
The first two bridges photographed were the OK 18 bridge crossing the Arkansas River at Ralston (above) and the now demolished old US 60 bridge across the Arkansas River at Ponca City. This was in November, 2000. A few weeks later, David Erickson became interested in coming and photographing the bridges, and OK bridges was born. On the first bridge hunt we photographed four bridges: Blackbear Creek bridge in Pawnee, the old OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge, re-photographed the Ponca City bridge, and the OK 156 bridge across the Salt Fork Arkansas River bridge. Oklahoma Bridges was launched mid-December 2000 with these four bridges with the Salt Fork Arkansas River bridge being the first one you saw when the page loaded. Eventually, those of us interested in bridge hunting formed the Oklahoma Highways Group.
Although we were visiting non-bridge structures from nearly the beginning, it wasn't until later that it occurred to us to document them online as we were the bridges. In May of 2009, we recognized that our interests encompassed dams, locks, canals, and other civil and transportation infrastructure, it was felt a change in name and mission was needed for the group. As of May 30th, we are the Oklahoma Historic Bridge and Highway Group, "Documenting Oklahoma's Historic Infrastructure."
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