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Richmond Bridge (1888)

Photo 

Historical Photo

License: Released into public domain

BH Photo #480603

Description 

The ferry continued in operation until 1887 when a collapsed bridge from Waller County was moved to Richmond by wagon and erected. That bridge lasted until August 3, 1893, when a herd of cattle driven across caused the middle span to collapse. A year later, 1894, a magnificent new Brazos River bridge with a 420-foot main body and wooden trestle approaches was opened.

Richmond Bridge HAER No. TX-11

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Brazos River on Highway
Location
Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1888; Collapsed August 3,1893 due to a herd of cattle; Replaced 1894
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.58151, -95.75641   (decimal degrees)
29°34'53" N, 95°45'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/232989/3275586 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90531 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 14, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added dates
  • September 7, 2020: Added by Nathan Holth

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