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Friendship Bridge

Photos 

Friendship brdige.jpg

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BH Photo #197743

Map 

Description 

As per the bridge's historical plaque:

FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE ON WILLIS CREEK

Since the earliest days in Williamson Countyís history, bridges have been important. The blackland prairie with its deep stream channels and muddy banks, made travel difficult. The first bridges were low and not built to withstand high water. In the 1880ís stronger iron structures with higher abutments replaced the early bridges and permitted effective all-weather transportation. An iron truss and wood plank bridge could be bought for less than $500.00. The improved bridges allowed the development of cash cropping in the early 1900ís because producers could move crops easily to railheads.

This bridge was originally constructed on Willis Creek around the turn of the century. It was destroyed in September 1921 by a devastating flood which swept the county, causing severe loss of lives and property. The bridge was reconstructed and used until it was dismantled and moved to its present location by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1982.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over a stream in the park on a pedestrian path in Taylor Park
Location
Hoxie, Williamson County, Texas
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built ca. 1900 over Willis Creek, reconstructed 1921 after being damaged by a flood, dismantled and relocated to Taylor Park in 1982
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.66439, -97.37348   (decimal degrees)
30°39'52" N, 97°22'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/655828/3393536 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granger Lake
Inventory number
BH 48671 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built during 1900s (6,283)
Hoxie, Texas (2)
Open to pedestrians (3,542)
Owned by city (4,491)
Pratt through truss (4,595)
Pratt truss (8,008)
Preserved (1,056)
Texas (2,234)
Through truss (12,893)
Truss (29,445)
Williamson County, Texas (27)

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2011: New photos from Garry Taylor
  • April 22, 2011: Added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Garry Taylor - indy311 [at] gmail [dot] com