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Old FM1093 Brazos River Bridge


Looking west

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #289204

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Bridge over Brazos River on an old alignment of FM1093
Austin County, Texas, and Fort Bend County, Texas
Replaced by a new bridge upstream
Built ca. 1890; Converted 1922; Damaged when a log jam took out the western piers around 1958; Closed 1960 when it was discovered the middle pier was sinking; Replaced on a new alignment 1965
- San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway (SA&AP)
2 112' through trusses
Also called
SA&AP - Brazos River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.67080, -96.02059   (decimal degrees)
29°40'15" N, 96°01'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/788367/3286021 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 52924 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 3, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 9, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added info
  • July 25, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • July 22, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added categories "San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway", "Rail-to-road"
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • July 14, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Related Bridges 



Old FM1093 Brazos River Bridge
Posted April 3, 2020, by Luke

Unfortunately I've yet to find an image of the bridge, but https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/10460384/ shows that the bridge was closed due to a failing pier.

HistoricAerials has amazing aerial views of the long-lost truss.

Old FM1093 Brazos River Bridge
Posted July 25, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

There remains compelling evidence for a railroad origin for the bridge supports still visible. Among that evidence:


While the structure of the riveted piers might support the argument for a bridge preceding the FM road, concrete rubble near the southwest bank supports the argument for a road.

It wouldn't be the first time that a bridge (or at least its substructure) had served two purposes over time.