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Hoxie Bridge




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BH Photo #197742



As per the historical plaque:

Erected at the turn of the century over the San Gabriel River 3.5 miles east of Circleville, the Hoxie Bridge was washed 300 yards downstream during the devastating 1921 flood. In November 1921 Austin Brothers was awarded a contract to reconstruct the bridge, and a team of convict laborers was sent from Huntsville to perform the work.

According to local legend, one of the prisoners, reputed to have been a troublemaker, was shot in the head by a guard. The mutilated body was hung from a tree as a grisly warning against further trouble at the work site. A cruel death Ö no burial. Perhaps these were the reasons that the prisonerís headless ghost haunted the eerie river bottom east of the Hoxie Bridge. Area residents tell tales of lovers and late night travelers frightened by the apparition on Friday nights during the full moon. Mysteriously, a priestís prayers for the prisonerís soul ended the specterís vigil. After the 1921 reconstruction, the bridge served Williamson County residents until it was dismantled in 1979 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who erected it at the present site in 1982. Built with iron trusses and wood planking, the Hoxie Bridge is typical of those constructed in the early 1900ís.


Pratt through truss bridge over a stream in the park on a pedestrian path in Taylor Park
Hoxie, Williamson County, Texas
Open to pedestrians
Built ca. 1900 over the San Gabriel River 3.5 miles east of Circleville, reconstructed 1921 after being damaged by a flood, dismantled in 1972, and relocated to Taylor Park in 1982
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.67032, -97.36922   (decimal degrees)
30°40'13" N, 97°22'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/656227/3394200 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granger Lake
Inventory number
BH 48670 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built during 1900s (7,340)
Hoxie, Texas (2)
Open to pedestrians (4,283)
Owned by city (5,549)
Pony truss (16,312)
Pratt pony truss (3,670)
Pratt through truss (5,458)
Pratt truss (9,395)
Preserved (1,199)
Texas (2,485)
Through truss (15,283)
Truss (33,136)
Williamson County, Texas (38)

Update Log 

  • March 12, 2021: New photos from Jon Fleenor
  • August 23, 2011: New photos from Garry Taylor
  • April 22, 2011: Added by James McCray