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Waters Bluff Bridge


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #118869

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Camelback through truss bridge over Sabine River on Smith County Road 356/ River Road
Smith County, Texas, and Upshur County, Texas
Appears lost in satellite and NBI data, Replaced by new bridge
Built 1911 by Austin Brothers
- Austin Brothers Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas/Atlanta, Georgia [also known as Austin Bridge Co.]
Pin-connected, 8-panel Camelback Pratt through truss
Total length: 237.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.54866, -95.13249   (decimal degrees)
32°32'55" N, 95°07'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/299763/3603258 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
290 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 36972 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2012: Updated by michael wilson: Updated: Carries, Status, Current owner, Other location, Year lost
  • April 30, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Appears to be lost.
  • February 7, 2011: Updated by Scott Wiley: Updated map location
  • July 29, 2008: Added by James Baughn


  • HAER TX-65 - Waters Bluff Bridge, Spanning Sabine River at County Route 353, Winona vicinity, Smith County, TX
  • Scott Wiley - fifty [dot] fathoms [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Waters Bluff Bridge
Posted April 30, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looking at the NBI data.....I can't even find a listing for this span in the 1992 inventory and suspect it might have been removed prior to that.

Waters Bluff Bridge
Posted April 30, 2011, by bridgehunting texas (aaron [dot] mightypenguin [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge no longer at map location. Status unknown.

Waters Bluff Bridge
Posted April 17, 2010, by Steven Suiter (sjsuiter [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looking at the movie, and looking at these pictures, I do believe this bridge is the bridge that is seen in the movie Second Hand Lions starring Robert Duvall, and Michael Caine.