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Nueces River Bridge


Photo taken by Barclay Gibson


BH Photo #249866



Subject: Nueces River bridge in the Valley Wells Cemetery When I was a kid, there was a metal sign on the Nueces River Bridge in Valley Wells. The sign stated that the bridge was built in 1909 by an iron company in Iowa. Someone pried the sign off in the 60s. The bridge was replaced in 2001. There was talk about moving the old bridge to the park in Carrizo Springs. I do not think that the County wanted to pay the cost to transport it that far and left it in the cemetery.


Through truss bridge over Nueces River on Diamond H Ranch Road
Dimmit County, Texas
Stripped to the frame and abandoned in Valley Wells Cemetary
Built ca. 1910; replaced 2001
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 88.9 ft.
Total length: 90.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+28.47884, -99.51043   (decimal degrees)
28°28'44" N, 99°30'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/450036/3150353 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 220640AA0135001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32962 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2013)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 98.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 5, 2013: New photos from Barclay Gibson
  • August 20, 2011: Updated by aaron leibold: Bridge was moved to, then abandoned in Valley Wells Cemetery



Nueces River Bridge
Posted August 14, 2015, by AR

Sorry, I meant the sixth (last) photo.

Nueces River Bridge
Posted August 14, 2015, by AR (mistressdelain [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The fourth photograph, with the view of the bridge next to the cemetery...would Barclay Gibson mind letting findagrave.com use it? They have no photograph of Valley Wells Cemetery.

Nueces River Bridge
Posted March 11, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is far better than having it scrapped. At least it is still available for reuse - albeit after some restoration.

Nueces River Bridge
Posted March 9, 2013, by Anonymous

Dammit, Dimmit! That's no way to treat an important historical artifact! Silly Texas; cemeteries are for people!