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TX35 Brazos River Swing Bridge


Piers of lost swing bridge

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #282215



Lost Bridge over Brazos River
East Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas
No longer exists
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.14025, -95.61486   (decimal degrees)
29°08'25" N, 95°36'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/245611/3226352 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
East Columbia
Inventory number
BH 60726 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Brazoria County, Texas (22)
Brazos River (31)
East Columbia, Texas (1)
Lost (19,353)
Movable (2,749)
Swing (1,281)
Texas (2,285)
Through truss (13,072)
Truss (29,782)

Update Log 

  • September 25, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 25, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added image from the BCHM
  • April 19, 2014: Added by Patrick Feller



MoPac - Brazos River Swing Bridge
Posted May 9, 2014, by Neal McLain (nmclain [at] annsgarden [dot] com)

More photos.

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.

MoPac - Brazos River Swing Bridge
Posted May 9, 2014, by Neal McLain (nmclain [at] annsgarden [dot] com)

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.