The Woodward News


May 25, 2014

Historic bridge anchors renovations at Doby Springs

An historic, depression era bridge listed on the National Historical Register has been trucked from Grant County, where the bridge spanned Sand Creek since 1936, to Doby Springs Park and Golf Course near Buffalo.

The six panel, camelback, pony truss bridge was built during the depression by workers with the Work Process Administration in Grant County 77 years ago, Harper County Commissioner Cody Hickman, said.

The solid structure, a salute to its own heritage and the numerous organizations who saw to its preservation, is now spanning a section of Buffalo Creek which runs through the middle of Doby Spring Golf Course, said Don Burke, president of Doby Springs Golf Association.

"The bridge really looks cool," Burke said. "Where we have it, we just had this little bridge you could barely drive a golf cart across, now we have this great big bridge that is just so interesting to see and experience."

A celebration is planned to christen the new arrival June 7th beginning at 10:45 a.m. with the dedication of the bridge, Burke said. But the day of celebration will also include a nod to recent efforts bringing Doby Springs Golf Course back to health, Burke said.

According to Hickman the bridge was deconstructed in Grant County by chopping it in half lengthwise and shipping it on two separate trucks all the way to Doby Springs.

Hickman said the bridge had long been needing to be replaced by Grant County, but since it was an historic relic, it could not be moved until someone agreed to give it a home.

After a lot of organization and cooperation between Harper County, The Town of Buffalo, Grant County, Division Six of the Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration and the Doby Springs Golf Association, the bridge was tucked in amongst some cottonwoods along Buffalo Creek where the creek divides the golf course.

This week, as spring gave its nod to summer, the retro structure seemed to smile, happy in its place in "bridge heaven" serving as an historic backdrop and reminder of times past.

For Burke and a host of other Doby Springs Golf Association members including Hickman, the iconic structure supports more than the carts and walkers who enjoy the course, it signals the awakening of a treasure nearly lost.

"Our course was in bad shape," he said. "This is why we are having this celebration, to let people know, they can come back and see it the way it is supposed to be.

"We want people to know, we are bringing this golf course back."

On June 7 there will be free golf for everyone, starting at 11 a.m. courtesy of Doby Springs Golf Association, Burke said.

From 11 to 1 p.m. there will be a free hamburger and hotdog feed and a bouncy house inflatable slid. There will also be a drawing for $5,000 and a "lot of great door prizes", Burke said.

"And you don't have to be present to win the $5,000, you just need to buy a ticket to win," he said.

Tickets for chances to win the $5,000 can be purchased at Cotter's Gas Station in Buffalo or golf members of the Doby Springs Golf Association, Burke said.

The money earned from the raffle will go toward the continued renovation of the golf club house and other support buildings for the course, Burke said.

For more information about how to purchase tickets or about the event, call Burke at 580-334-3616 or Melissa at 580-334-3617.

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