brushy creek bridge
Photo taken by andrew ybarra in January 2017
BH Photo #375151
This is an old picture of the bridge as it was before before it was removed and bypassed.
A little interesting history behind this bridge:
This is the original "Jakes Bridge." Which is supposedly haunted.
Here is some theories to the "legend" by Texas Escapes:
Being a cotton farmer was not the easiest way to make a living, but if a man didnít mind working from can see to canít, he could get by and maybe save a little.
Texas farmers tilled the black soil to bring forth white fiber, battling the boll weevil and the vagaries of Texas weather to produce a crop each year. But some years, no matter how many hours a man and his family and hired hands put in grubbing and picking, forces beyond his control could suddenly control his life. When the price of cotton went down, all a man could do was hope the market rebounded next year. When it didnít rain enough to keep his plants alive, he could pray for more rain next season, providing it didnít all come at once in a flood.
But as the Depression began to worsen in the early 1930s, cotton didnít come back. In 1929, cotton brought 16.9 cents a pound. Two years later, the price had fallen to less than 6 cents. Many farmers lost their land, their homes and finally, their spirit.
Maybe thatís what made Jake snap. No one seems to know his last name, but many people in Williamson County know about Jake.
For whatever reason, according to the story, Jake killed his wife and two children. When the reality of what he had done set in, he took his own life as well, hanging himself from a back road wooden bridge between Hutto and Pflugerville, near the Williamson-Travis county line.
Thatís one story. Another has Jake being a young man who killed his parents, pushing the car containing their bodies off the rural bridge. Later, this story goes, Jake died in a house fire.
Whoever he was, and if he ever was, Jake seems not to have been a happy person. His spirit, some say, lingers around the bridge (since replaced by a more modern concrete structure) that figures in both versions of the tale.