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Cadiz Street Wooden Bridge


As first constructed, the new Commerce Street Bridge was composed of two steel Pratt through trusses and a long wood approach trestle. It replaced the iron bridge as the main public road bridge to Oak Cliff, the suburb located on the opposite side of the river from Dallas which was annexed in 1903. A long wood bridge was also constructed near Cadiz Street, and the Zang Boulevard Turnpike, an earthen fill bridge with a single steel span across the river channel, was built just north of the present Houston Street Viaduct. The Cadiz Street Bridge, the Zang Boulevard Turnpike, and the western approaches of the Commerce Street Bridge were all washed away or inundated by the flood of 1908, leaving the residents of Oak Cliff once again temporarily dependent on ferry service.

COMMERCE STREET VIADUCT HAER No. TX-35 Texas Historic Bridges Recording Project Spanning Trinity River at Commerce Street

"Alexander and Sarah Cockrell in 1852 purchase property from John Neely Bryan and the concession to operate a ferry across the Trinity River. The Cockrells erected a covered bridge over the river and built a steam sawmill. A newspaper advertisement in 24-Feb-1855, two months after the bridge opened, states the 620 length and confirms it was covered. Sarah Cockrell finished the construction of a hotel after her husband’s death. Subsequently, bridges were built at two other locations. One, known as the “long wooden” bridge was located near present Cadiz Street. The second, on Zang Boulevard turnpike, was located just west of the present Houston Street Viaduct. The design of these early bridges was such that moderate flooding, either submerged the bridges or their approaches. The bridge was probably close to where the Ferry had been, ~Commerce Street." Sources: https://www.lostbridges.org/details.aspx?id=TX/43-57-01x Clark, Todd. Information received by email, June 2011 http://redwhiteandyaz.com/living-bridge-lee-ann-torrans/ University of North Texas, Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-3360


Dallas County, Texas
Destroyed by flooding in 1908
"Long wooden bridge"
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.76461, -96.80454   (decimal degrees)
32°45'53" N, 96°48'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/705654/3627325 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 98839 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Dallas County, Texas (243)
Destroyed by flood (892)
Lost (32,326)
Lost 1908 (65)
Lost during 1900s (524)
Texas (3,131)

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2022: Added by Jesse Sharkoman