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Jonesboro Bridge


Facing east from new bridge

Photo taken by M C Toyer in October 2014


BH Photo #299386


Abandoned bowstring pony truss bridge over Leon River on an abandoned alignment of CR 431
Hamilton County, Texas
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Bowstring arch pony truss
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
CR 431 / Leon River
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.60889, -97.89692   (decimal degrees)
31°36'32" N, 97°53'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/604634/3497613 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
863 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 49434 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,407)
Abandoned (3,928)
Beam (16,893)
Bowstring pony truss (350)
Bowstring truss (671)
Built 1884 (199)
Built during 1880s (2,176)
Continuous (2,633)
Continuous truss (199)
Hamilton County, Texas (31)
King Bridge Co. (436)
Leon River (26)
NR-eligible (4,110)
Owned by county (21,616)
Pony truss (17,023)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,425)
Texas (2,903)
Timber stringer (4,324)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,794)
Truss (35,523)

Update Log 

  • October 10, 2014: New photos from M C Toyer
  • October 9, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: updated location, deminsions, added photos
  • August 27, 2011: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • M C Toyer - mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com


Jonesboro Bridge
Posted May 11, 2020, by Curtis Ortez (curto [at] email [dot] com)

Happens by the Jonesboro bridge last weekend. Curious if the route and it's importance last century.

Jonesboro Bridge
Posted December 23, 2012, by Casey Hibler (cjhibler3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is in really rough shape, but still there for now.

Jonesboro Bridge
Posted August 27, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just "discovered" this abandoned bowstring bridge while searching the internet for information on the Bulman Bridge--another bowstring bridge in Texas. The information on this bridge is quite obscure, but as per this website: http://www.kingbridgeco.com/hamilton,_tx.htm, here is what it says, "Jonesboro bridge (Map #1) - This 64 foot bowstring bridge is located on the Leon River below the new highway 36 bridge on CR 431. This bridge was left in place and bypassed by a county bridge replacement project in 1988. It was determined to be eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historical Places in the original bridge survey. The bridge has suffered from vandalism but still remains largely intact." So, any other info on this bridge is welcome plus any photos.