Rating:
13 votes

Big Elm Creek Bridge

Photo 

Photo taken by Roger & Kathleen Schumacher

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BH Photo #244841

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Big Elm Creek on CR 179
Location
Falls County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built likely in the 1870s.
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Cast and wrought iron Bowstring Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 67.9 ft.
Total length: 70.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.42028, -96.73472   (decimal degrees)
31°25'13" N, 96°44'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/715328/3478400 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Odds
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 090740AA0236001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33004 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
55

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder, removed 1900 construction date (date is unknown)
  • December 20, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden

Comments 

Big Elm Creek Bridge
Posted November 22, 2014, by Ashley (Ascotthendrix [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge has one pillar underneath that is 3/4 rotted away. I don't think I will drive across it ever again.

Big Elm Creek Bridge
Posted December 21, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

5 stars from me. This one would definitely be worth a visit!

Big Elm Creek Bridge
Posted December 21, 2012, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] comcast [dot] net)

Please photograph more of the bridge. It would be great to see more angles and details.

Big Elm Creek Bridge
Posted December 20, 2012, by Anonymous

I care! That's my 5-star vote! That bridge is gorgeous!

Big Elm Creek Bridge
Posted December 20, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I care! I don't think anyone knew that this was a rare King Iron Bridge Company bowstring because there previously were no photos on here of the bridge. The bridge likely dates to the 1870s.

Big Elm Creek Bridge
Posted December 20, 2012, by Roger & Kathleen Schumacher (kathleen_schumacher [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It's over 100 years old and no one cares!

Big Elm Creek Bridge
Posted December 18, 2012, by Roger & Kathleen Schumacher (kathleen_schumacher [at] Yahoo [dot] com)

BEST Bridge in Texas...it's listed wrong!!! It's a BOW bridge, and you can drive on it. Come quick, every old bridge in the area is being replaced.