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Commerce Street Bridge

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Commerce Street Bridge

Looking North. Commerce Street Bridge ca. 1907; General photograph collection; 095-0502; UTSA Libraries special collections, copy and reuse restrictions apply.

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley

BH Photo #288446

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Description 

This Bridge is the fourth bridge at this location able to carry significant loads. It replaced another Iron bridge that was here immediately preceding it. It was Made and put in place in 1880 and remained here until 1914 when the Jones Street Bridge replaced it. The bridge was then moved to Johnson street. It was removed from Johnson street previous to 1983 when the new Johnson Street Bridge was installed. The finials from the Commerce street bridge remain on the Johnson Street site to this day. Interestingly, Grand Ave was renamed Jones Street in 1890. Yet the Tee Beam on E. Commerce to replace this bridge was still named the Jones street bridge in 1915.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Lenticular pony truss bridge over San Antonio River on East Commerce Street
Location
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
This bridge was moved to Johnson Street from Commerce Street
History
Built in 1880 it replaced an earlier iron bridge and was replaced by a Tee Beam in 1915
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Lenticular pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.42375, -98.48794   (decimal degrees)
29°25'26" N, 98°29'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/549669/3255044 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 61708 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 14, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected one of the builders to the prexisting category for the builder
  • July 14, 2014: New Street View added by Royce and Bobette Haley

Sources 

  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke