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Congress Avenue Bridge (1876)

Photo 

View North of Congress Avenue From Bridge

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth123957/m1/1/

Courtesy of Austin 360

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BH Photo #535542

Description 

At least three more bridges spanned the Congress Avenue site after the pontoon washout. In 1876, a wooden toll bridge was built in the same spot. In 1883, a herd of cattle smacked into a mule-drawn wagon and the subsequent stampede damaged one span of the bridge and hundreds of cattle were flung into the river to their deaths.

That collapsed span was replaced in 1884 by a more modern bridge of metal trestles laid over limestone uprights.

https://www.austin360.com/story/news/history/2019/05/09/aust...

Facts 

Overview
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Colorado River on Congress Avenue
Location
Travis County, Texas
Status
Replaced in 1884
History
One Span Destroyed by Collision With Cattle Stampede; Replaced in 1884
Design
Wooden Tool Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.26174, -97.74513   (decimal degrees)
30°15'42" N, 97°44'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/620715/3348455 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 98985 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (9,403)
Beam (17,288)
Built 1876 (138)
Built during 1870s (1,459)
Destroyed by collision (109)
Lost (31,166)
Lost 1884 (28)
Lost during 1880s (160)
Texas (3,092)
Timber stringer (4,439)
Travis County, Texas (59)

Update Log 

  • July 4, 2022: New photo from Jesse Sharkoman Berube

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