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Posted February 8, 2020, by Angela K (falpiqua [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Many fond memories of tubing under this view. A private citizen allowed us onto his property to capture this image.

https://wischt.com/art2016-2020/GRT.htm

Posted February 8, 2020, by Angela K (falpiqua [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is famous as the home of the largest bat population in North America. On a warm evening just after sunset, 1.5 million bats fly out to get dinner.

https://wischt.com/art2016-2020/Congress.htm

Posted February 8, 2020, by Angela K (falpiqua [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My husband painted this bridge, I am posting it here for fans. Hope you like it.

https://wischt.com/art2016-2020/360B.htm

Posted February 7, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I did manage to find a date for the truss from some steel bridge records I acquired. It’s a standard span, but a rather long one. This design is seen elsewhere on the Santa Fe system. I do not have any records for the trestle, although it is safe to assume it was rebuilt every 50 years or so.

Posted February 7, 2020, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I sure hope they don't remove the truss. Seems awful wasteful to erect a trail setup with parking, etc, just to tear it down. From the news article, it sounds like the wooden trestle is what's hurting the water flow during floods, by collecting debris.

Posted February 5, 2020, by Luke

It makes more sense, considering all imagery posted by newspapers has shown the timber pile trestlework, not the truss itself.

Hopefully the section 106 review gives us more info on the history of the structure as a whole, but I agree that they're unlikely to remove the truss.

Posted February 5, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't think the through truss is going to be demolished. It has been converted to a trail, and appears to be planned to be left in place.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/dart-agrees-to-give-bridge...

Posted February 4, 2020, by Don Morrison

There does appear to be a warren truss structure nearby @

31.753026, -96.488174.

It was not there when the bridge was in place.

The ruler tool in Google Earth indicates that it has length and width dimensions that are comparable to those of the missing bridge.

Posted February 4, 2020, by Scott Wiley (fifty [dot] fathoms [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Unless the bridge is out of view on the old alignment, things don't look so good.

Posted February 3, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was thinking the same thing Luke. 1890's Warren ponies are rare birds to boot.

Posted February 3, 2020, by Luke
Posted February 3, 2020, by Luke

The article claims 1890, but if you look at images of the bridge, such as https://twoworldstreasures.com/10-surprising-things-to-see-a..., it matches ca 1910 trusses like http://bridgehunter.com/tx/ellis/mt-zion-road/ more than an 1890s structure.

Posted February 1, 2020, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was about to mention that this bridge was an interesting pinned and riveted hybrid but I noticed that Anthony had already discussed that. This is one of those bridges that gets very interesting when you start looking at fine details.

Posted February 1, 2020, by Scott Wiley (bellstar120 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like a new cement bridge is in place.

Posted January 30, 2020, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There is a second similar bridge just to the south on this same property at 33.642329, -97.095273. It is a bit harder to spot because of the trees.

Lake Ray Roberts, about 15 miles to the south, was under construction from 1982 to 1987. There are a good number of similar bridges that were removed from the lake area and are now in parks and on private property throughout several north Texas counties.

Posted January 30, 2020, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Lake Ray Roberts, about 25 miles to the southeast, was under construction from 1982 to 1987. There are a good number of similar bridges that were removed from the lake area and are now in parks and on private property throughout several north Texas counties.

Posted January 29, 2020, by Steve Quarrella (fishpope [at] iname [dot] com)

Photos from a 12/2019 visit to the park. The City of Muenster was kind enough to respond to my inquiry about the bridge's background, but unfortunately, even they don't know much in terms of its history, but they indicated that the bridge had been here for about thirty years.

Posted January 28, 2020, by Chris “Tulip” Revill (lonestaroverland [at] gmail [dot] com)

On private land.

Posted January 28, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I agree, this is far better than the fate of so many pony trusses. If at some future date it is decided to place it in a better location and configuration, much of the original will still exist for people to enjoy.

This is sort of like having elephants in a zoo; inappropriate, but possibly the first exposure for some people, which may lead to a greater appreciation of those "in the wild".

Kudos to someone for not scrapping it.

Posted January 27, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This should be called the OMG WTF bridge...

Posted January 27, 2020, by Luke

Unrelated to the bridge/for Mike, though, since he'll probably enjoy the bassline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv4wf7bzfFE&feature=youtu.be...

Posted January 27, 2020, by Luke

2019 was given by the EXIF data, so I didn't bother to change it.

And I'll add the Faux Covered Bridge category, just to be cheeky.

And while it's functionality as a bridge is now lost, considering it sat since around 2009, this use is better than totally being scrapped IMO.

Posted January 27, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like another mangled metal truss to me...

Posted January 27, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Hey Luke! Didja mean 2020? Also, is this now a covered bridge? (Smile thingy)

Posted January 27, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Speaking as a guy who has played bass in bands for years, I would LOVE to play on that stage!!

Posted January 27, 2020, by Steve Quarrella (fishpope [at] iname [dot] com)

The bridge is now in Kemp City Park, converted into a concert stage, dedicated to the memory of Jerry Wayne Hazelip, a Kemp City Councilman and community leader who passed on in early 2014.

Posted January 23, 2020, by Tara Sigler (Tarasigler40 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was at this bridge last weekend (1-18-20) I took a few photos of it's current condition.

Posted January 16, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

I just saw a youtube video, and then read a article that the Montopolis bridge has been permanently closed to vehicles and will be just used as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. I like to see these bridges open for what they were built for, but traffic is very heavy both ways on this road. This would also increase the longevity of this spectacular bridge. I'm glad I got to ride across this bridge in a car when I was on my Austin trip. A parallel southbound bridge was already built to the west of this bridge and already operating when I was there.

Posted January 14, 2020, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The photographs that were recently updated are marked as copyrighted on their associated website. Unless you get explicit written permission to upload photographs here, then you could be found guilty of a copyright violation.

Just because a photograph is posted online does not mean that it is in the public domain or available for the taking.

If you do get written permission to post a copyrighted photograph on here, then you should indicate that.

Providing a link to the original website, or stating "not my photo/video/etc" does not absolve you from any and all repercussions from using copyrighted material.

Posted January 14, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was surprised this long-span pin-connected Pratt truss was not already on BridgeHunter, but it is on private property so its probably been off the official inventories for a while.

Posted January 6, 2020, by Kathy Brooke (kathybrooke [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just read about Brooke Crossing Lampasas River Lampasas TX in the novella "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles. It takes place in the late 1800s. I'm trying to find more info about the crossing/bridge.

Posted December 30, 2019, by Scott Wiley

Appears to have been excessive over weight limit collapse.

Posted December 30, 2019, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Chris - Ironic that I had visited 2 of the bridges (this and Blue River) you posted yesterday almost exactly 5 years ago.

They are 100 miles apart but I did not do both on the same day.

Posted December 30, 2019, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

When I visited this bridge 5 years ago Clear Creek was dry so was able to take several photos from below. If you look closely in the barrel views the trusses are slightly different in height and also length.

It is locally known as the Leo Bridge for the small community about 1 mile south.

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Posted December 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love photo #463216; Love Anything Abandoned!

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Posted December 29, 2019, by Chris “Tulip” Revill (lonestaroverland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is still standing and next to newer cement bridge. Still has floor, however it is blocked and cannot enter bridge, 12/29/2019.

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Posted December 29, 2019, by Chris “Tulip” Revill (lonestaroverland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is still standing and next to newer cement bridge. Still has floor, however it is blocked and cannot enter bridge, 12/29/2019.

Posted December 29, 2019, by Chris “Tulip” Revill (lonestaroverland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Confirmed bridge is still there. It is now a recognized archaeological site of Harrison County, TX. Pics taken 12/26/2019

Posted November 27, 2019, by David Denenberg (david [at] bridgemeister [dot] com)

This bridge appears to have been more of a stayed bridge with two stays extending from each tower toward midspan, rather than having a traditional suspension system. Images can be found here: http://www.rimrockpress.com/blog/index.php?m=05&y=08&entry=e...

Posted November 27, 2019, by Chris Tolley (hct9679 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Scheduled for demolition and replacement starting December 2.

Posted November 20, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Sometimes it is due to an isolated major problem not related to the overall bridge. Such as a bearing failure, which after its fixed the bridge would jump back up in rating. Or perhaps a single major event like a flood event created a major scour issue that didn't exist before. Not sure of this bridge's history.

Posted November 20, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

How on earth does a bridge go from Good Deck/Good Superstructure/Fair Substructure to shut down?!

Posted November 20, 2019, by Kenneth (kmcadajr [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tx dot shut down the bridge today after inspection

Posted November 16, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reports indicate TXDOT began removing this bridge this weekend.

Posted November 6, 2019, by Marvin Trevino (trevino [dot] marvin [at] gmail [dot] com)

See the map at the following address. It shows the old road and past residences.

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth190615/m1/1/z...

Posted October 26, 2019, by Jeff Wilkinson (herk2362 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

It appears that this bridge is now gone. Current Google Earth imagery shows that the bridge was removed sometime within the last five years.

Posted October 14, 2019, by Philip C Walker (pcwalker [dot] tx [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to this article, it has been reopened!

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/williamson-county/work-compl...

Posted October 8, 2019, by Philip Walker (pcwalker [dot] tx [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is one tough bridge. I've been on it on the train and walked under it many times. There's old photos shortly after construction of US 79 which show this bridge. I'll try to find them later. I've witnessed it being hit twice. Once by a backhoe on a trailer and a camper. The camper itself didn't sustain any damage, but it ripped the air conditioner clean off.

Posted October 6, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

New interpretation of a "Swing span"

Posted October 6, 2019, by Tatyana (Tatyanafed16 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge currently has a swing installed on it.

Posted September 22, 2019, by Luke

According to https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&c...

This was both NRHP listed and, allegedly, relocated after replacement

Posted September 22, 2019, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed twice in the past year due to barge collisions. Perhaps there is some kind of navigation problem here.

Posted September 10, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thank you Tony...it was minimal effort at best

Posted September 10, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice detective work as always Melissa!

Posted September 10, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I Believe I've found an article believe answers your question...it's from the The Brazosport Facts October 10 1958. I hope this helps

Posted September 10, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I wouldn't have the faintest idea of where, definitively, to go, and can only suggest trying Google.

But one piece of info that might help is that the NBI shows that the current span on Route 2004 crossing this bayou - listed as FM 2004 - was built in 1965. Maybe the straightening was done in conjunction with the construction of replacing the truss bridge?

Posted September 9, 2019, by bill walcik (bswalcik [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I am trying to figure out what agency or company straighten Bastrop Bayou and when it was done. I have been in Brazoria county since 1941 as a baby. I remember fishing there but was not straighten at that time 1953, I do not think, (but that was a long time ago). However, in my high school days I remember the fresh dirt on the banks after leaving bridge at Hoskins Mound rd. all way to Lost Lake or Intercoastal Canal (the ditch).

Please see if you can provide me with information or where I can go to secure the information.

Thank you, bill

Posted September 8, 2019, by Billy Donovan (eagle84usa [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was State Highway 64 in 1939. The contract for the underpass was awarded by the State Highway Commission, Minute Order# 16172, Project# FAGM-423-I, on 4/3/1939 to Austin Bridge Co & Austin Road Co for $80,376.86.

A change was authorized in Minute Order# 16705 providing for substitution of concrete sidewalks for the asphaltic concrete sidewalk shown by plans, estimated increase in cost $2,772.28.

Completion of bridge was 11/29/1939; Minute Order# 16956.

Posted September 8, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thomas, I found an article from 1963 mentioning the abandoned barge. A young man drowned trying to swim to it. I could not find anything on the origin of the abandoned barge.

Posted September 8, 2019, by Thomas DowdyTh (tgdow1225 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There used to be a partially sunken barge in the river near the bridge for years. I was a child at the time and I would see the barge in the river whenever my family and I would cross the bridge on the way to visit relatives nearby. The image has haunted me all these years and I really want to know the story behind it. Apparently it has been removed since then.

Posted September 5, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Probably spent at least 500K on an ugly slab to carry 30 cars a day... Could have rehabbed the trusses for a fraction of that. Then to insult to injury they built the new pos next to the historic one and then demoed it.

Posted September 5, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love it

Posted August 14, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the updated pics too! Still looks good 8 years later!

Posted August 14, 2019, by Scott Wiley (fifty [dot] fathoms [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Only been 8 years, but you're welcome.😁

Posted August 8, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Luke... good idea, I could hide some speakers playing it somewhere... if nothing else it would buy some time since Im sure they would shoot at that noise before me!

Posted August 7, 2019, by Luke

Blast this loud enough and they might leave you alone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TDcHV5M8Qs

Posted August 7, 2019, by Anonymous

Sing out "The stars at night are big and bright ..." or dress up like Walker, Texas Ranger to get on the good side of those gun totin' Texans.

Saw it on T.V.

Posted August 6, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nathan, better trade that yellow safety vest in for a bullet-proof vest!

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Posted August 6, 2019, by webmaster@historicbridges.org (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Royce, how did you visit this bridge? The only west access road has sign that says and I quote "No Trespassing Violators Will Be Shot" and being this is Texas I take that seriously. When you have to do something extraordinarily to visit a bridge please consider sharing this info. Unless it wasn't like this when you visited in which case I'm warning everyone here.

Posted August 5, 2019, by Luke

Here's some photographs and text for you to grab, Melissa. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/6136713/

Posted July 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's a good sign that they actually poured a foundation to set it on... Looks like they have a plan for it!

Posted July 28, 2019, by Jason Roberts (starskytorino72 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Some pictures I took the evening of July 14, 2019. The old bridge is sitting next to the road, and the new bridge completed. If anyone finds out what the fate of the old bridge will be, please post it here. Hopefully it will be moved to a local public park, etc.

Posted July 24, 2019, by Luke

Aerial imagery from HistoricAerials confirms Clark's supposition.

Posted July 24, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1959 topo shows the Hart Spur off the RI starting to the NW. A road continues along the alignment to this crossing. By the look of it, this was a railroad bridge and the pile trestle approaches were replaced with the concrete beams. The pony girder may be older.

Posted July 21, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love the decay/ruins

Posted July 16, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Lots of info on the category page:

http://bridgehunter.com/category/tag/ransome-rebar/

This was the first design for rebar. The twist provided grip so that the bar stayed bonded to the concrete under tension. Other companies developed methods to roll a pattern into the bar which proved easier than adding the twist.

Posted July 16, 2019, by Daniel

Interesting, I didn't know that twisted square bar was a thing. The square bar that I've seen has been deformed but not twisted. How big did they make it?

Posted July 15, 2019, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Vance - Good call. I've got documentation somewhere but ca. 1915-20 was the build date. There are a couple of similar spans on the original Bankhead Highway route over Mountain Creek south from these that were completed ca 1920-21.

Posted July 15, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It looks like Ransome rebar, in which case the 1935 build date is probably 20 years too late.

Posted July 14, 2019, by jesse berube (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Historic Truss Bridge over the West Fork Trinity River. Trinity Trails passes right underneath the bridge. One of the best scenic spots in the city to capture trains crossing the river.

Posted July 14, 2019, by jesse berube (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Easy access. There isn't many operational 100 year old bridges in DFW, only a handful still remain. Great place for train spotting.

Posted July 12, 2019, by jesse berube (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I checked it out in close detail. First picture is South of the gravel trail and there isn't much to look at but there is a Truss Bridge over the Trinity River is still there to the north if you follow the trail .

Posted July 6, 2019, by Jason Roberts (starskytorino72 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I always loved this bridge and how the woods were up close to it and reached over it, almost like a tunnel. My wife and I took our engagement photos on it, and I got some nice photos of my truck and Mustang on it. I'm not sure what will happen to the old structure now that it has been removed and a concrete bridge has been installed in its place. The iron is currently sitting in a field next to the new bridge. Sad to see it removed.

Posted June 14, 2019, by Daniel

https://www.google.com/maps/place/29%C2%B055'45.0%22N+96%C2%...

looks like the bridge was closed to traffic in December 2017, no clue if that's still the case or if they reopened it.

Posted June 12, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Discovered that this bridge was a classic Penn Bridge Company Whipple... sad it was destroyed by a drunk.

https://pbase.com/photos_by_moon/tollbridgebell

Posted June 3, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

These two spans share the same unusual Verts...

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/madison/231650/

Posted March 31, 2019, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My fiancee is watching the golf match play championship from the Austin country club and they are showing alot of shots of this bridge.My fiancee brought it to my attention and i just wanted to mention this.I don't even like golf.

Posted March 6, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The covered up date cutout in photo 18 seems to indicate the span was moved from somewhere else. I’ve seen this on other relocated trusses with cutouts

Posted February 25, 2019, by Ethan Grossman (firebuff4ever [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge was damaged by a fire overnight last night. Reading comments online, this is the second fire to damage it. Photo taken by Coupland VFD.

Posted February 22, 2019, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a railroad bridge. Same photo, many others, and lots of details here:

http://tinyurl.com/y5cb2u5w

Posted February 21, 2019, by dan whatley (opalguy1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi, have this postcard that reportedly is building the Jim Ned bridge. Could you help me on this to authenticate this is the 1st Jim Ned bridge. Many Thanks...dan whatley

Posted February 8, 2019, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (lner4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/deerpark/news/article/Cit...

"The fate of a decaying historical Pratt truss bridge at the Battleground Golf Course is in question as Deer Park’s city council wrestles with whether to spend money to repair it.

Depending on how much repairs would change the fundamental structure of the bridge — and the will of the council members to pay for them and possibly future maintenance — the bridge may not retain its historical status, City Councilwoman Sherry Garrison said."

More at the link.

Posted February 6, 2019, by Wallace Johnson (wdj34 [at] msn [dot] com)

Man I wish They widened the Baytown Tunnel from 2 to 4 lanes instead of Replacing it to a 8 lane Cable stayed bridge

Posted February 6, 2019, by Ethan Grossman (firebuff4ever [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)
Posted January 31, 2019, by Luke

There's already an entry for it at that location.: https://bridgehunter.com/tx/harris/bh49528/

This entry is for the original location

Posted January 31, 2019, by Ethan Grossman (firebuff4ever [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Current location of this bridge: 29.696398, -95.137191

Posted January 27, 2019, by Juli Adams (juliadams59 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My dad was a railroad engineer for HB&T until his death in 1966. I seem to remember a roundhouse on Canal St. At that time, HB&T was affiliated with AT&SF, and Mopac. Since we were relatives, we rode Santa Fe passenger trains for free.

I have very vivid memories of the Sunset Limited and the California Special. I remember the smell of the cl

ub car. Wonderful memories.

Posted January 4, 2019, by Austin Hellwig (the_hellwigfamily [at] att [dot] net)

This bridge is now gone - replaced with a new bridge as part of I-35 widening project in area.

Posted December 26, 2018, by Philip Walker (pcwalker [dot] tx [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been this way for a very long time. I was trying to explore this bridge years ago, but finding a place to stop isn't easy. I took the attached photo in 2010.

Posted December 26, 2018, by Philip Walker (pcwalker [dot] tx [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge had a plaque denoting when it was constructed, but when I last drove by, it appeared to have fell out or been taken. I'd say it is fairly significant since it carried traffic over what was the major north/south highway in Texas.