Piers of lost swing bridge
Photo taken by Patrick Feller
License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)
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BH Photo #282215
First photo shows the extant pier on the northwest bank (left) and the extant center pier (right).
Second photo shows the extant center pier (left) and the southeast bank (right). The pier that formerly stood on the southeast bank has fallen into the river and is marked by a red buoy (arrow). The space between the red buoy and the center pier marks "the chute" -- the space free from underwater obstructions.
That's not a railroad bridge ... it's the old SH35 highway bridge. The MoPac crosses the Brazos River at Brazoria, not East Columbia. See separate listing for "UP Brazoria River Bridge" at
Texas SH35 now crosses the Brazos River about 0.7 mile upriver from the old SH35 bridge. Here's a map identifying the new SH35 bridge and the nearby "Port of Columbia Dock", the home dock of the Brazos Belle.