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Stephenville Crossing Bridge


3/4 View From Nw

Photo taken by Joseph E. Elliott for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #313872



The Stephenville Crossing Bridge features ornate decoration on the portal struts and it is one of the better examples of pin-connected Pratt through truss construction in Texas. Fabricated by a national bridge building company, this bridge was probably once common to the American built environment. Before relocation in 1996, it was one of four remaining bridges employing a pin-connected Pratt through truss in Hamilton County.


Pratt through truss bridge over Originally spanning Leon River on County Route No. 176
Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas
In storage
Original location- CR 176 Briarcliff vicinity, Travis County, TX. Moved to field in Hamilton 1996.
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss.
Span length: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 80.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.70869, -98.11792   (decimal degrees)
31°42'31" N, 98°07'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/583580/3508484 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hamilton East
Inventory number
BH 49327 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 16, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • September 23, 2012: Updated by aaron leibold: Bridge has been moved, current location is unknown
  • August 12, 2011: Added by aaron leibold

Related Bridges 


  • aaron leibold - aaron [dot] mightypenguin [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER TX-57 - Stephenville Crossing Bridge, Spanning Leon River at County Route No. 176 (Moved to Private Road south of State Route 71, Briarcliff vicinity, Travis county), Hamilton, Hamilton County, TX


Stephenville Crossing Bridge
Posted July 30, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The history of relocation is a little confusing to me here. All I know is per HAER, this bridge was moved to Travis County, and I found a bridge in Satellite imagery that appears to match the location described by HAER.

Unfortunately it appears to be behind a gated community or something. http://bridgehunter.com/tx/travis/bh82418/