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Old US 90 Sabine Swamp Trestle

Photos 

Looking West

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #309758

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Description 

One mile long wooden bridge on Old US 90 in the former East Orange, Louisiana. Construction began on January 30, 1926. Opened to traffic on November 11, 1927 along with the Sabine Memorial Bridge across the Sabine River at the Texas-Louisiana state line. Bypassed as a through route when US 90 was relocated further north in 1954.

The bridge was set on fire in 1973, leaving the approach to the former Sabine River bridge and the East Orange area inaccessible by land. More information and photos are available here: http://www.texasfreeway.com/Other/Louisiana/Historic/abandon... and here: http://www.houstonfreeways.com/modern/2005-04-23_old_us_90_b...

Facts 

Overview
Lost timber stringer bridge over Sabine River Swamp on Old US 90
Location
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Status
Destroyed by fire
History
Built in 1927; destroyed by fire in 1973
Builder
- W.H. Smith Jr. of Alexandria, LA (wooden pilings)
Design
Timber stringer
Also called
Burned-Out Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.09986, -93.69996   (decimal degrees)
30°05'59" N, 93°41'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/432557/3330056 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Orange
Inventory number
BH 47570 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 18, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Changed to name as appears in period news articles.
  • April 27, 2017: Updated by Roger Collins: Added dates of existence.
  • August 9, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 14, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • January 8, 2011: Added by Jared Rainer

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Comments 

Old US 90 Sabine Swamp Trestle
Posted July 21, 2020, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

https://imgur.com/gallery/kWUEy

There is a picture here that may suggest the extreme west end boards may not have burned.

US 90 Wooden Bridge
Posted February 11, 2012, by Joyce Beaty Rowe (joistote [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

I'm looking for a recipe for Pete Aucoin's chicken sauce piquant. I'm 83, grew up in Orange, and ate at Pete's many a Sunday. And we always looked over the back railing at the alligators......in the slough or bayou or whatever it was.

Wish I could go back once....

I'm so glad for these pictures--no one I know is still living to talk with about those times.

US 90 Wooden Bridge
Posted February 5, 2011, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hey Randy... Google Earth historical imagery goes back to 1989, and as of that date, the only thing standing were all the pilons from the west to the east. Do you have any pictures you could add of the old bridge?

US 90 Wooden Bridge
Posted February 3, 2011, by Randy (randycourmier [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Glad I was looking at La. bridges on the web. I grew up in the area and fished from the bridge often before it was burnt. Not to sure of East Orange Louisiana, all this time I thought it was called Toomey. I also do not think both ends were set on fire, although its been a while but last time I was fishing from a boat the west side of the bridge was still there.

US 90 Wooden Bridge
Posted January 9, 2011, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow, awesome find! There was also a swing bridge that crossed the Sabine River built in the 20s and removed in the 60s with the completion of I-10. I'll add it later tonight.