Hi, it’s me, Diane. This week I “accidentally” discovered Lake Overholser. I am still fairly new to Oklahoma (or maybe I’m just a hermit), and still exploring my surroundings like a toddler in their terrible twos, curious and fearless. JK, not really fearless just oblivious. 

I was immediately impressed by the size of the lake. Coming from California I am used to the vastness of the ocean, but lakes are a different story in that part of the country. The only lakes I came across in California were partially dried up and about the size of a swimming pool at the local YMCA. Now, get ready for a short and sweet history lesson. I hope you geek out over it as much as I did.

Lake Overholser was named after the 16th mayor of OKC, Ed Overholser. It is man-made and was constructed in 1919 to help prevent flooding of the North Canadian River

Many commuters had to take a ferry to cross the Canadian River, so construction for a bridge began in 1924. The engineers who designed the bridge used new steel truss technology and combined the trusses in ways that were never done before. The 748-foot bridge was listed on that National Register of Historic Places in 2004 and is still standing today off of Route 66

The Lake Overholser Dam stands at 68 feet high and 1,258 feet long. It was designed by Niels Ambursen and built by the Ambursen Construction Company of New York. I had the courage to walk across it, it was pretty awesome y’all. If haven’t had the chance to see it in person, I recommend you do so. 

The lake is also very popular for fishing, kayaking, paddleboats, and jogging. It also features a park and a boathouse. Grab a couple of snacks and take the 2.9-mile drive around it. I promise you won’t regret it.  

‘Til next time!

Source: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/lake_overholser_bridge_oklahoma_city.html
Photo credit: Diane Gouge 

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