Rating:
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Plum Creek Bridge

Photos 

East end

The east end of the bridge, showing the still fresh pile of dirt blocking the entrance.

Photo taken by Markus Haas in May 2011

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BH Photo #200009

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Plum Creek on Creekside Drive (CR 146)
Location
Caldwell County, Texas
Status
Bypassed by a new bridge
History
Built 1920
Design
5 panel pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 119.1 ft.
Total length: 120.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.77750, -97.57444   (decimal degrees)
29°46'39" N, 97°34'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/637804/3294982 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
McMahan
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 140280AA0185001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32816 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2010)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
35

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2011: Updated by Markus Haas: Bridge has been bypassed, and added details and pictures.

Sources 

  • Markus Haas - markus [at] sweeet [dot] net

Comments 

Plum Creek Bridge
Posted June 1, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The upset eyebars, portal bracing, and struts all scream a Groton Bridge Company built ca. 1890. The only thing that makes me hesitate is the verticals are v-laced instead of latticed.

Plum Creek Bridge
Posted June 1, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This span may have relocated here in 1920, but I can pretty much guarantee you it was built long before then. Looks to be 1880's-1890's and likely wrought iron. The lattice portals as well as the unique struts help to define it's date somewhat.