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Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge

Map 

Description 

This is just a place marker. I could see the span from the road to the east but it was too muddy to get close to the west approach, where if you scramble down the cliff you can get under the span. I'll have more info in a few days on this. If it is similar to the Wildcat and Providence which are just up the way that would be a great find and important for the Movin' Bridges aspect.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over Little Brazos River
Location
Hearne, Robertson County, Texas
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Future prospects
The Chamber Directer Kent Burnett suggested they might like to move it. He showed it to me on an unexpected bridgehunting venture and said it was not on BridgeHunter. He thinks this is the third span of the trio that were moved from Hwy 21.
History
Built 1900
Design
Latticed & Riveted Incline End Posts
Sway Bracing above Top Chord
No approaches
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.87140, -96.64026   (decimal degrees)
30°52'17" N, 96°38'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/725607/3417734 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gause
Inventory number
BH 55530 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

5-panel truss (451)
Abandoned (3,026)
Available for reuse (218)
Hearne, Texas (1)
Pin-connected (3,221)
Pratt through truss (4,600)
Pratt truss (8,020)
Robertson County, Texas (18)
Texas (2,235)
Through truss (12,900)
Truss (29,451)

Update Log 

  • February 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Pin-connected", "4-panel truss"
  • February 12, 2013: Added by Julie Bowers

Sources 

Comments 

Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge
Posted February 14, 2013, by julie bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

that is a lot to see from those photos with all those branches. I got is close as I could and have a couple of other photos but nothing really good. definitely a little different.

thanks for taking the time to look.

Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge
Posted February 14, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Frow what I see it's a 5 panel Pratt. The diagonals in panels 2 and 4 are eyebar. The center panel has counter ties.

From the light and shadows, the entire top chord is like the batter braces and is open laced top and bottom with channel sides.

I think I can see upper lateral ties, but there are a lot of tree branches in those photo!

The vertical struts are clearly V-laced. I'm not certain whether the top chord and end posts are V-laced or lattice.

The portal brace appears to be four panels with "X" diagonals - like this |X|X|X|X|

The lower chord eye bars are quite light weight.

It also looks to me like the stringers are/were timber.

Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge
Posted February 14, 2013, by julie bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Portal picture on my camera didn't load last night. Obscured anyway. 5 panels...try to get images from the other direction.

Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge
Posted February 14, 2013, by julie bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Portal picture on my camera didn't load last night. Obscured anyway. 5 panels...try to get images from the other direction.

Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge
Posted February 13, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If my eyes aren't deceiving me here Jules...I see 5 panels. A very unique little span it would seem. Yes the latticed endposts are rather uncommon, and it also has "sideways" verticals (lacing faces out from the sides) which is also uncommon. I would like to see the portals a little better to help with possible identification, and from what I have seen this span could possibly date into the 1880's.

Hopefully with this little bridge being in Texas, it will find a new life in the near future!

Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge
Posted February 13, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks Robert. My helper picked up the mail as well, thank you again.

Help me classify this bridge. 4-panel pin connected pratt. I think it was connected to Port Sullivan in the history of Roberston Couty. Gotta be old, the way the sway bracing is tied to the top chord and the lattice everywhere.

I have the name of the property owner to call about access down the old road bed on the other side.

Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge
Posted February 13, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

They are a rare find. I have come across a couple examples in my bridgehunting expeditions:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/geary/old-katy/

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/doniphan/220260/

Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge
Posted February 13, 2013, by julie bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

never seen lattice inclined end posts....

Unknown Little Brazos River
Posted February 12, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I could see the span from a distance. I can't really see much in the satellite view. What do you think bridgehunters. It was in service in the 70s for sure and then the road was changed and it was abandoned according to Mr. Burnett of the Chamber who kindly took me bridgehunting.

They look at the bridge restorations as a great thing for the county. As the commissioner said, "when they are gone, they are gone!" gotta get that on video.