Rating:
No votes cast

Bullingers Creek Bridge

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost pony truss bridge over Bullingers Creek on Peters-Snfelipe Road
Location
Austin County, Texas
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Replaced 1996
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 48.9 ft.
Total length: 87.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Also called
Bollingers Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.81139, -96.11444   (decimal degrees)
29°48'41" N, 96°06'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/778890/3301379 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
San Felipe
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 130080E00150001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 41943 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/1989)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 25.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1990)
150

Categories 

Austin County, Texas (18)
Lost (18,669)
Lost 1996 (426)
Lost during 1990s (3,706)
Pony truss (15,049)
Replaced by new bridge (12,368)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,559)
Structurally deficient (18,415)
Texas (2,235)
Total length 75-100 feet (5,930)
Truss (29,440)

Update Log 

  • December 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed name to current spelling of stream name, added alt name with an old spelling of the creek name

Sources 

  • Luke

Comments 

Bullingers Creek Bridge
Posted December 27, 2013, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Looking through various sources, I've found that the creek has been spelled Bullinger, Bullingers, Ballingers, Bollingers, Bollinger's, and Bollinger.

It appears that the officially recognized spelling is Bullinger, based on a decision in 1961 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

I'm in the process of adding the names of creeks and rivers to the "What's Here" feature for editing bridges. Although not posted yet, this tool gives the name Bollingers, based on the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER dataset.

The National Bridge Inventory spells the name Bullingers.

The Stephen F. Austin Historical Park uses the spelling Bollinger on their signs:

http://www.texashiking.com/Pictures/ShowImage.aspx?PictureID...

The Bollinger family was a pioneer family, always moving further west to avoid the crowds. George Frederick Bollinger brought 20 families to Southeast Missouri in 1799-1800. He's the namesake of Bollinger County, Missouri, typically pronounced Bull-in-ger.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lhsetzer/m...

From what I can gather, John Bollinger (George's nephew?) then moved to Texas with Austin.

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/h/a/r/Randall-C-H...

If that's the case, then the creek *should* be spelled Bollinger. On the other hand, it's hard to ignore a ruling from the Board on Geographic Names (federal government) giving the name Bullinger.

Ballingers Creek Bridge
Posted December 27, 2013, by Patricia Bagwell (icezena [at] mac [dot] com)

The correct spelling is "Bollinger Creek Bridge". It is on Peters-San Felipe Road in the Corporation of San Felipe de Austin. This creek runs through our property, and my old Deeds show the spelling as: Bollinger, and this family once lived on this property. This area is the area which Stephen F. Austin's Old 300 Colonists were brought to.

I'm looking for the exact date of the bridge, one lane, wooden deck that was probably built in the 1930's, and was replaced by the 1996 concrete bridge.