5 votes

Barker Bridge


Barrel View from North

Photo taken by Garry Taylor August 2011

BH Photo #211675


The bridge design is quite interesting and unlike any other bridges in the area I've seen. The "T"-style vertical struts are the most striking feature to me. The deck is wood covered in asphalt and the condition is very poor. There are many holes, loose planks and a 2 foot mising section near the center. The bridge bounces and sways considerably even with just two people on it and there is no guard rail of any kind. Be extremely careful exploring this bridge.


Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Brushy Creek on Old CR-457
Williamson County, Texas
Long abandoned
Used to carry Hwy 95 until bypassed in mid-1960's.
- George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa (Likely Fabricator based on unusual vertical design)
6-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 105.0 ft.
Total length: 156.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Old CR-457 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.46843, -97.40570   (decimal degrees)
30°28'06" N, 97°24'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/653048/3371772 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49453 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information
  • September 1, 2011: Updated by Garry Taylor: Updated various details.
  • August 29, 2011: Added by Garry Taylor


  • Garry Taylor - indy311 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Barker Bridge
Posted April 25, 2020, by Jeff W Ebner (JeffEbner24 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The north access to the bridge had tall grass and ticks on my trip to see it. The previously burnt bridge is slowly being consumed by nature.

Barker Bridge
Posted June 3, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

These two spans share the same unusual Verts...


Barker Bridge
Posted February 25, 2019, by Ethan Grossman (firebuff4ever [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge was damaged by a fire overnight last night. Reading comments online, this is the second fire to damage it. Photo taken by Coupland VFD.

Barker Bridge
Posted January 26, 2017, by Buddy (bcrm_1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Decking and Asphalt from 50+ years ago

Barker Bridge
Posted January 26, 2017, by Buddy (bcrm_1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here's some other photos I took of the wooden bridge leading to the Barker Bridge (to help clear up any confusion)

Barker Bridge
Posted January 26, 2017, by Buddy (bcrm_1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Truss Bridge has not had anything removed. The bridge you see appears to be a Timber Stringer bridge with an asphalt deck on it that crosses a creek on the south side before the Barker Bridge itself.

If you look at the photo, you can see the old road grade leading north. The truss bridge is just around the corner.

This bridge is very old (abandoned since at least the 60s, more than likely, it was abandoned in the early 1950s when Highway 95 was upgraded) and the deck is in very poor condition. I did not try to even walk across it and I would advise anyone from trying to reach the Barker Bridge from the south unless they are looking for this specific bridge.

Barker Bridge
Posted October 21, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

A second odd thing on this one. How does one remove the trusses while leaving the deck in place?

Barker Bridge
Posted October 21, 2013, by J. Bell (jbellaustin [at] gmail [dot] com)

The trusses have been removed. Just the wood and asphalt remain.

Barker Bridge
Posted September 2, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am having trouble visualizing what is going on with this member. Is it two angles, and how are they positioned? I would like to see additional detail photos of this built-up beam from a variety of angles to better visualize the layout of this perhaps one-of-a-kind design.

Barker Bridge
Posted September 1, 2011, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

This is indeed a unique member. I have never seen anything like that reversing angle lattice built up section. It must have been in interesting challenge to fabricate.

Barker Bridge
Posted September 1, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

With apologies to JR Manning, it looks like this is another bridge built by the infamous Two Holes in Span Bridge Co.

Barker Bridge
Posted September 1, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Can't tell from Garry Taylor's photos if pic #2 is of one of the main verticals, or perhaps just one of the outer panel "hanger" verts. Whatever the case this is one of the most unusual configurations I have ever seen.