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Clear Creek One-Armed Bridge

Photos 

Clear Creek Bridge

Once Present

BH Photo #318255

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Warren pony truss bascule bridge over Clear Creek on TX 146
Location
Kemah, Galveston County, Texas, and Harris County, Texas
Status
Replaced
History
Built 1929; Replaced 1964
Design
Warren pony truss bascule
Also called
One-Arm Bridge
One-Armed Bridge
Clear Creek One-Arm Bridge
Clear Creek Drawbridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.54926, -95.02317   (decimal degrees)
29°32'57" N, 95°01'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/303973/3270548 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 61959 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 29, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 16, 2015: Updated by Luke: Corrected GPS and added info.
  • March 16, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 25, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler

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Comments 

LMAO - Clear Creek One-Armed Bridge
Posted March 17, 2015, by Anonymous

It's a movable bridge, Ano, and may have lost or gained a panel or too in its move from Friendswood to Seabrook. Sometimes it loses when it has a movement.

Clear Creek One-Armed Bridge
Posted March 17, 2015, by Anonymous

Shouldn't that reporting mark be L&OL ?

And Mr. butler's drawing appears to have more panels than the one armed bridge.

Clear Creek One-Armed Bridge
Posted March 16, 2015, by Anonymous

Telling someone to grow up while you are resorting to name calling. That is some real irony there.

Clear Creek One-Armed Bridge
Posted March 16, 2015, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Mr. Butler,

How old are you? Calling people names doesn't put you in a favorable light.

It is my understanding that this is not your website. It was provided by the webmaster for all of those who are interested in old bridges (including you) to document and provide the history of old bridges, both existing and replaced. Proper documentation is important to ensure a false history isn't created. Common courtesy to other members is merely desired.

If I am mistaken and it is your website to do with as you please, I will stop posting so that I don't interfere with your ambitions.

Sincerely,

Art S.

Clear Creek One-Armed Bridge
Posted March 16, 2015, by Douglas Butler

You are a idiot I'm going to be a bigger man and ignore your foolish comments oh and by the way MR FAILURE GROW UP!!!!

Clear Creek One-Armed Bridge
Posted March 16, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

Research, Mr Butler, is about identifying as fact only those things that have been verified as fact, and clearly identifying unknowns as unknowns.

You identified as fact that this bridge took 528 over Clear Creek in Friendswood, though there could have been absolutely no evidence for that. You repeatedly ignored evidence that the bridge could not have carried 528 over Clear Creek at Friendswood.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2015, by Luke

Reverse Google Image Search brought up the source and shows that the bridge was in Seabrook, and was likely the predecessor bridge to: http://bridgehunter.com/tx/galveston/bh60719/

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted March 15, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

Mr Butler,

If you don't know where it is/was, why did you put it on 528 over Clear Creek?

If you don't know where it is/was, what evidence is there that it ever was, anywhere?

What is the evidence?

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted March 15, 2015, by Douglas Butler

So where is it then MR Failure what ever your name is idiot while you always kicking me down instead of helping, in the beginning I was humble up front saying that I make mistakes and still learning obviously you a know it all huh? so you think I haven't ridicule you and you post every bridge in Texas instead of all other states of the US. So yeah my favorite type is bascule vertical lift and swing movable bridges that's why I am a prolific student for the past 15 years of study moron!!!!

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted March 13, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

The notation on your own sketch says that the drawbridge is "At Seabrook To Friendswood Texas".

That's quite a distance for even a movable bridge.

This may be a situation like the one where the movable bridge had to move from the Sabine River in Harris County (a location that could not exist) to the Intracoastal Waterway, at High Island, in Chambers and Galveston Counties.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted March 13, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

I'm finding no evidence for this drawbridge over Clear Creek on a road at what is now 528 at Friendswood.

But, I'm finding repeated indications that there were no drawbridges on Clear Creek above the railroad bridge at League City.

Latest source:

U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Arthur John Ela, Raymond Stanton Patton

G.P.O., 1921:

The creek is navigable for a draft of 6 to 7 feet (1.8 to 2.1 m.) to Friendswood, 17 miles above Galveston Bay. League City is a small town 11 miles above the bay. Seabrook is a small village on the northern side of the entrance to the creek. The creek is croosed by 5 drawbridges, 1 with an opening of 60 feet, 3 of 24 feet, and 1 of 24 feet, at 1, 8 3/4, and 10 miles, respectively, above the mouth. There is considerable traffic in rice, oil, and general merchandise between League City and points above it.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted March 3, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

What evidence is there for a movable bridge over Clear Creek on State Road 528 at Friendswood?

I've found discussion of Clear Creek in Corps of Engineers reports from just before the 1900 storm to the beginning of World War I and find no such mention of a movable bridge at Friendswood.

Friendswood is discussed as "head of navigation" at the time, but that for smaller craft since the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad trestle quite a ways downstream would have prevented passage of larger craft.

Business folk at Friendswood certainly asked for such help, but I can find no evidence that they received it.

I'd sincerely love to see some evidence for the drawbridge, there over Clear Creek, at Friendswood.

Eventually road and railroad bridges were, of course, built where Clear Creek empties from Clear Lake into the Bay, but that is 25 miles downstream from Friendswood.