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San Gabriel River Bridge


Sugarloaf Bridge

The Truss span used for this bridge was originally erected in 1896 over the Brazos River on the Bryan - Caldwell Road in Brazos County. The span was relocated to its present Milam County site in 1940. Meanwhile in Milam County the Faubion Bridge was located on an early route known as "Ramons Road" about a mile upstream from the present day Sugarloaf Bridge. It was the only crossing of the Little River in the area. After the Faubion Bridge fell into the river in December of 1937, Milam County hired the Austin Bridge Company to move one of the spans of the old abandoned Brazos River bridge and erect it here near the base of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Photo taken by JoeWilliams

BH Photo #208419


Through truss bridge over San Gabriel River on CR 428
Milam County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1911
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 138.1 ft.
Total length: 272.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.69139, -97.13806   (decimal degrees)
30°41'29" N, 97°08'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/678337/3396880 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
San Gabriel
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 171660AA0355001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33266 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 11, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Added categories "Wood deck", "Lattice Portal", "Lattice Railing"
  • August 25, 2011: New photo from Garry Taylor
  • August 12, 2011: New photos from aaron leibold


  • aaron leibold - aaron [dot] mightypenguin [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Garry Taylor - indy311 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


San Gabriel River Bridge
Posted March 1, 2014, by Kit Worley (kitworley [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes, this information is wrong and the page needs to be deleted.

San Gabriel River Bridge
Posted August 25, 2011, by Garry Taylor (indy311 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe this entry is for the Worley Bridge on the San Gabriel, not the Sugarloaf. Sugarloaf is on the Little River north of Gause on CR 264. There used to be an entry for Sugarloaf but I don't see it there anymore.

San Gabriel River Bridge
Posted May 19, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)