i remember that bridge, i dropped rocks off that bridge 20 years ago as a child. during hunting trips i would ride my 4wheeler out to the middle and look over. it was pretty scary because the wood planks across the bottom where rotten or missing in some places. looks great now, might have to go check it out when im out there for dove season
How high is the bridge above the riverbed?
This bridge is very interesting from a construction standpoint. The small center panel on the main span uses a mix of round tension rods and the rectangular bars, but the bars look custom-made and involve welding the ends of two bars together with a one yard overlap to get the right length. Excellent restoration, though, and unusually high weight limit for a bridge of this type.
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I coin a good one every now and then...
Bridgehunter Nation.....can I use that title for the documentary series. working up story ideas. texas is on a path forward....economics drive restoarations....see a lot in the nexy few years.
Beautiful rehab on this impressive structure!
If other states would follow Texas and Indiana and their commitment to historic bridge preservation... Bridgehunter Nation would be such a happy place!!
What an incredibly neat and massive historic through truss bridge a county decided to rehabilitate for what it was built for. There have been several, but not too many of this type over 400+ feet remaining. Especially what for what they were built for, and also that the bridge is unusual with a 170 foot main span and all the other spans are a different length. This is far from where I live but I see this bridges restoration as an example of what can be done.
Good to see that this bridge will be maintained. Very few states can match Texas for commitment to historic bridge preservation.
This bridge is also known as the Waldrip bridge. A buddy and I discovered this bridge on an exploratory trip in search of Texas ghost towns. It became the highlight of our weekend and placed the search old trestle bridges at the top of our annual trips.
I was surprised when after discovering bridgehunter.com, it was so difficult to find and didn't have any pictures. It isn't listed on map view in either Coleman or McCullough County, TX. I recently saw where they have decided to restore it and make it traffic-worthy again.