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North Bosque River Bridge


Photo taken by Dave Shaffer

BH Photo #209267



According to the state historical marker, ''Built in 1884 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, at a cost of $6,465, this bridge spans 150 feet across the North Bosque River. This type of bridge, called a Whipple truss, was named for its designer. One of the few remaining Whipple truss bridges in the state, it opened up travel routes from the south and west to the north and east. Withstanding many floods, the bridge provided an important transportation connection for Bosque County residents from 1884 to 1941 when traffic was routed west of the Bosque River to the newly constructed Highway 6. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1996.'' The Warren approach spans were added at a later date, possibly in 1941. They replaced either wood or iron stringer approach spans.


Through truss bridge over North Bosque River on CR 3112 in Clifton
Bosque County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1884
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Whipple Through truss
Length of largest span: 148.0 ft.
Total length: 371.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.79333, -97.57194   (decimal degrees)
31°47'36" N, 97°34'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/635195/3518416 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 090180AA0333001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32785 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 4, 2020: New photos from Scott Wiley
  • August 19, 2011: Updated by aaron leibold: According to the state historical marker


  • aaron leibold - aaron [dot] mightypenguin [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson
  • Scott Wiley - fifty [dot] fathoms [at] yahoo [dot] com


North Bosque River Bridge
Posted March 14, 2020, by Eveline (Eee93 [at] aol [dot] com)

Work completed in 2019. Bridge is abandoned. But at least it is still there.

North Bosque River Bridge
Posted March 12, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Being retired, replaced and 'monumented' meaning the deck and approaches removed and the remains stabilized:


North Bosque River Bridge
Posted July 24, 2017, by Waco Tribune-Herald (wemmons [at] wacotrib [dot] com)

We ran a piece with nice photos this weekend on the bridge: http://www.wacotrib.com/news/roads/a-bridge-too-close-a-hist...

Work began this month on a modern steel-and-concrete bridge about 10 feet away that will soon replace the last functioning Whipple truss bridge in Texas.

North Bosque River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well, at least it's in Texas... Better odds that it will be preserved than not!

North Bosque River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
North Bosque River Bridge
Posted November 7, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes.......This is a Whipple Truss. Built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in 1884.

North Bosque River Bridge
Posted November 7, 2008, by Dave Shaffer (dave [at] davesfotowerks [dot] com)

Would this be the Whipple Truss Bridge? Both Google Maps and Google Earth are poorly detailed in this area. Other sites list the road as CR 3305.