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Bryant Station Bridge


Barrel View Looking Southwest

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #139661



Bypassed through truss bridge over Little River on CR 106
Milam County, Texas
Bypassed by new bridge.
Built 1909; bypassed by a new bridge in 2002
- C. Q. Horton of Austin, Texas
- Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Pin-connected camelback through truss.
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 332.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.84768, -97.19499   (decimal degrees)
30°50'52" N, 97°11'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/672604/3414115 (zone/easting/northing)
380 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 171660AA0275001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33263 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 99 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 10, 2011: New photos from Julie Cowen
  • August 8, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Removed bridge from lost categories as it was bypassed and not removed.
  • May 3, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni


  • Rick Mattioni
  • HAER TX-60 - Bryant Station Bridge, Spanning Little River at County Route 275, Buckholts vicinity, Milam County, TX
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Julie Cowen


Bryant Station Bridge
Posted December 12, 2013, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

To be saved and moved to a local cemetary:


Bryant Station Bridge
Posted January 25, 2013, by hbk (kyleb9711 [at] gmail [dot] com)

i go under the bridge it is amazing i used to ride over it but they built a new one they blocked the bridge because it is unstable do not go on it it is dangerous but it is very beautiful i live here still

Bryant Station Bridge
Posted January 25, 2013, by hbk (kyleb9711 [at] gmail [dot] com)

listen i live right by the bridge and i have for 15 years it is a major place in my life they want to take it but i wont allow it

Bryant Station Bridge
Posted July 27, 2012, by Jamie (my1967firebird [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is a Camelback Pratt through truss bridge. The floorbeams which support the deck were placed at different locations along the vertical members in order to achieve a sloping deck. The deck was sloped to reconcile the bank elevations at each end of the bridge. This is an unusual solution to a common problem...trusses are more often set at differing elevations on the pier, so both the truss and deck slope, but the floorbeams are attached at the same location on the verticals.

Bryant Station Bridge
Posted June 28, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The bottom chord is straight, it is the deck that rises on one end.

Bryant Station Bridge
Posted June 28, 2009, by Ian Anderson (macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think this may be somewhat of an optical illusion, it looks to me as if the deck isn't parallel to the bottom chord as is the norm. The deck is on an angle to accommodate the grade of the road maybe.

Bryant Station Bridge
Posted May 3, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've not seen another one like it Gene. Usually when the lower chord is not straight, it is curved like the upper chords on the Parker and Camelback trusses.

Bryant Station Bridge
Posted May 3, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This is a peculiar design with the bottom chord in somewhat of an arch, and not parallel with the deck..does anyone know what this design would be called? Otherwise it is similar to Pratt designs.