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Donkey Lady Bridge

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Donkey Lady Bridge

Southwest side of bridge

Photo taken by Mark Gonzalez in June 2020

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BH Photo #474742

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Description 

The Old Applewhite Road Bridge, or famously known as The Donkey Lady Bridge, was built in 1917. It gets it's name from a local folklore of a paranormal creature of a lady with a donkey head that allegedly supposed to live in the area. Locals have been spooking themselves on this bridge for decades.

The bridge was open to vehicular traffic until 2005 when the new Applewhite Road bridge was constructed to the east to ease future traffic with the Toyota Manufacturing Plant. The Old bridge was then converted and implemented into the Medina River Green Way Trail System for pedestrian traffic.

Facts 

Overview
Pedestrian concrete arch bridge over Medina River on Old Applewhite Road
Location
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1917; Bypassed 2005; Reopened 2010 as part of Medina River Trail System
Design
Arch with steel barriers
Dimensions
Span length: 69.9 ft.
Total length: 69.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Also called
Old Applewhite Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.24672, -98.55206   (decimal degrees)
29°14'48" N, 98°33'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/543525/3235404 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 150150AA0771001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32768 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2020: New photos from Mark Gonzalez
  • October 20, 2020: New photos from Mark Gonzalez
  • October 15, 2020: Updated by Doug Klingerman: Removed design category "1917"
  • September 2, 2020: New photo from Mark Gonzalez
  • June 28, 2020: New photos from Mark Gonzalez
  • June 26, 2020: New Street View added by Mark Gonzalez

Sources 

  • Mark Gonzalez - markgonzalez0619 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Donkey Lady Bridge
Posted August 31, 2020, by Russell Hom-Crosier (veganrussell [at] gmail [dot] com)

Your date of construction is wrong. It was either 1917 or 1918. Now I'm at home so I'm not at the bridge right now, but the year is very clearly written in the concrete. I just don't remember if it said 1917 or 1918.