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High Island Bridge (1934)


High Island Swing Bridge

Photo from Beaumont Enterprise

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


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BH Photo #468664


Current bridge is listed in the NBI as built 1978, so the loss date is assumed and might have been later.


Lost Warren through truss swing bridge over Intracoastal Waterway/Mud Bayou on Texas Highway 124
High Island, Galveston County, Texas, and Chambers County, Texas
Built 1934; replaced by current structure 1978
- Austin Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas/Atlanta, Georgia
Warren Through Truss Swing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.59436, -94.38854   (decimal degrees)
29°35'40" N, 94°23'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/365530/3274643 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
High Island
Inventory number
BH 62574 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 1, 2022: New photo from Jesse Sharkoman Berube
  • April 19, 2020: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 24, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 24, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added builder from article Geoff linked to
  • March 24, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 2, 2015: Updated by Ian Martin: Fixed naming, waterway name, updated design and loss year
  • August 18, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler


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High Island Swing Bridge
Posted February 3, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

Incorrect? Hardly. What's amazing is that the Sabine River still isn't in Galveston County though that is what the person who created the listing claimed. The issue is a preference for quantity over quality in so many things.

High Island Swing Bridge
Posted February 3, 2015, by Kingmaker

Amazing how quickly Patrick deleted his comments after being shown to be incorrect.

DOH - Sabine River Bridge
Posted February 2, 2015, by Ian Martin
DOH - Sabine River Bridge
Posted February 2, 2015, by Ian Martin

I'm out of my depth here, but after some cursory research it looks like there were once two swing bridges at this site. The TX-124 bridge was replaced by the current structure in 1978, but there was also an ATSF railroad bridge immediately east of here that was taken down in 1969. There is a HABS entry on the bridge tender's station (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/tx0732/) that was built in 1934 to operate the railroad bridge. I also found some court briefs (that forced the construction of the movable bridge here) that refer to this bridge as crossing the "Sabine River to Galveston" section of the Intracoastal Waterway, so I guess that's where the confusion is coming from. With that in mind, I'm going to make a page for the ATSF bridge and update this entry.

DOH - Sabine River Bridge
Posted February 2, 2015, by Don Morrison

1982 Google imagery does show a truss bridge at this location. The body of water is called the Intracoastal Waterway, and it connects with Sabine Lake at the Texas/Louisiana border.

Change the name of the river and it appears to be a legitimate entry.

DOH - Sabine River Bridge
Posted February 2, 2015, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That body of water is part of the Intercostal waterway. A canal Cut along the Texas coast. Intercostal Canal is probably the name you want to use for the body of water.