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Zapata Suspension Bridge

Photos 

Historic Photo

Photo from the Zapata County Museum of History

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BH Photo #499465

Description 

This bridge carried traffic from the Old Zapata townsite to Mexico. Sadly it was destroyed, as well as the old town, by rising water from the creation of Falcon Lake in 1954. Today, when the lake is low enough, you can still see the piers sticking out of the water.

Facts 

Overview
Lost suspension bridge over Rio Grande River
Location
Zapata County, Texas
Status
Destroyed by flooding
History
Built 1931; Destroyed by rising floodwaters after creation of Falcon Lake in 1954
Design
Wire/cable suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+26.87805, -99.32704   (decimal degrees)
26°52'41" N, 99°19'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/467517/2972969 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 93306 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 11, 2021: New photo from Mark Gonzalez
  • May 26, 2021: Updated by Doug K: Added category "Toll"
  • May 26, 2021: New photo from Mark Gonzalez

Sources 

  • Mark Gonzalez - markgonzalez0619 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • TSHA | Zapata County - Handbook from the Texas State Historical Association for Zapata County