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Hot Wells Road Bridge


Photo taken by Linda Thaxton in September 2011


BH Photo #214842



Lost Suspension bridge over the Brazos River on Hot Wells Road
Young County, Texas
Torn down and replaced. Two supports are left standing.
Built 1908; Removed 1954
Wire/cable suspension
Total length: 400.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.00413, -98.67251   (decimal degrees)
33°00'15" N, 98°40'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/530591/3651792 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 49716 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 25, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added bridge type, link to photo
  • September 25, 2011: Added by Linda Thaxton



Hot Wells Road Bridge
Posted April 12, 2014, by Don Morrison

Those columns are on the Clear Fork of the Brazos.

There appears to be a set of lallies at 33.025635,-98.647842

on what appears to have been an old alignment of TX67, two miles from South Bend. The remaining road section is now called Ranchero road.

I'd guess that location for a "South Bend Bridge".

Hot Wells Road Bridge
Posted April 12, 2014, by Bridgehunting Texas (Facebook) (aaron [dot] mightypenguin [at] gmail [dot] com)

These polygonal concrete columns are not consistent with Mitchell & Pigg bridge construction methods. The columns used were Lally type concrete filled riveted steel tubes stacked telescopically. HAER TX-98 states: In 1908, Young County purchased a pair of Mitchell & Pigg's suspension bridges to cross the Brazos near Newcastle and at South Bend. Here, Mitchell & Pigg used concrete-filled steel cylinders for the towers. These polygonal columns are also situated on the lower elevation bank that floods, not a logical place for the main span piers. They are not wide enough to clear a 16 ft deck commonly used in these bridges either. Evidence does not support the assumption that this is part of the South Bend Suspension Bridge.