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This is a list of all 42 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Texas. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1869 (footbridge)
Salado, Texas, USA (Salado Creek - Salado College)
Bridgemeister ID:920
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed, 1913
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
  • Destroyed by flood, 1913.
1869 Waco
Waco, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:72
Structurae ID:0001398
O'Donnell ID:928
References:AAJ, BC3, BPL, BRAZ, GBD, HAERTX98, HBE, PTS2, WSB
Principals:Thomas M. Griffith
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2014)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:475f
Deck width:18f
Notes
  • Rebuilt 1915.
Photo by Carla Pendergraft
1893 Dennis
Dennis, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:116
Principals:Flinn-Moyer Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1962
Main cables:Wire (steel)
1896 Beveridge
San Saba, Texas, USA (San Saba River)
Bridgemeister ID:102
Structurae ID:0005565
O'Donnell ID:930
Coordinates:N 31.21083 W 98.74083
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:HAERTX98
Principals:Flinn-Moyer Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Located near the locally famous Wedding Oak tree.
Photo by Casey Hibler III
1896 Clear Fork Of The Brazos
Shackelford County, Texas, USA (Clear Fork Of The Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:103
Structurae ID:0011113
O'Donnell ID:960
References:BRAZ, HAERTX98
Principals:Flinn-Moyer Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Extant
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Stephen Taylor
1904 Brazos
Brazos, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:1857
References:HAERTX98
Principals:William Flinn
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:300f
Side spans:2 x 150f
1904 Dark Valley
Graford and Palo Pinto, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:921
References:BRAZ, HAERTX98
Principals:William Flinn
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1958
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:5
Main spans:2 x 250f
Side spans:80f, 2 x 125f
Deck width:16f
Notes
  • The TxDOT Bridge Division website shows an image of this bridge with caption "The Dark Valley Bridge is shown here before its demolition in 1958," but BRAZ describes it as being destroyed by a flood on October 31, 1981. The TxDOT information is likely correct.
1906 Brannon's Crossing
Weatherford vicinity, Parker County, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:1298
Coordinates:N 32.66256 W 98.03288
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:HAERTX98
Principals:Mitchell & Pigg
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1934
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:440f
Notes
  • Tony King believes he found the former location of this bridge a few hundred yards south of the I-20 Brazos River crossing west of Weatherford. This location is near a road named "Brannon Bridge Circle." Tony writes: "Just downstream from the modern Interstate 20 bridge in western Parker County, I've noticed a concrete and iron structure, and happened to take a photo of it recently. I've noticed the structure a couple of times in the past (most recently in May of 2007) while hiking a well-worn foot/ATV path that parallels the west bank of the river as it flows almost due south from the Interstate to Meeks Bend." The structure in Tony's photo appears to be a pier or support footing. The coordinates given here are Tony's approximation of the location of the structure.
  • Built as part of the same contract as the Tin Top bridge.
  • Similar to 1906 Tin Top (Hightower Valley) - Tin Top, Texas, USA.
Photo by Tony King
1906 Tin Top (Hightower Valley)
Tin Top, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:119
References:BRAZ, HAERTX98
Principals:Mitchell & Pigg
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, Jan. 31, 1982 under weight of snow
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:400f

Notes
Photo courtesy of Marjorie Campbell
1908 Newcastle
Newcastle, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:1299
References:HAERTX98
Principals:Mitchell & Pigg
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, 1930
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:700f
Side spans:2
Notes
  • Collapsed during flood, 1930.
1908 South Bend
South Bend, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:1858
References:HAERTX98
Principals:Mitchell & Pigg
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Main span:400f
1914 98th Meridian
Byers vicinity, Texas, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:600
References:AUB, HAERTX98, PTS2
Principals:Mitchell & Pigg
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:3 x 567f
Side span:107f
Notes
  • Rebuilt by Austin Bridge Company, 1923.
  • See (suspension bridge) - Texas, USA. The 98th Meridian bridge may match this unknown "Red River" bridge photo. AUB describes the Byers bridge, "This bridge, three spans of 567' each, one side span of 107', and a 16' roadway, had originally been built in 1914."
1917 Rock Church
Tolar vicinity, Hood County, Texas, USA (Paluxy River)
Bridgemeister ID:136
Structurae ID:0005583
O'Donnell ID:962
References:HAERTX98
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Extant
Suspended spans:1
1917 Terral-Ringgold
Ringgold, Texas and Terral, Oklahoma, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:595
References:AUB, PTS2
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
1924 (suspension bridge)
Nocona vicinity, Texas and Jefferson County, Oklahoma, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:140
Coordinates:N 33.93579 W 97.75869
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AUB, HAERTX98, PTS2
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Only towers remain (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:700f
Notes
  • Legend has it the bridge was burned during a dispute. This likely occurred before 1955. The road that leads to the Texas side of the former crossing is "Burned Out Bridge Road." Follow the image of the derelict tower to see the remains of the bridge.
  • AUB mentions: "In January 1924, a contract was entered into with Nocona Bridge Company for a bridge across Red River, nine miles north of Nocona, connecting Texas and Oklahoma. The plans called for a 700' span, 16' roadway, and the main cables to contain 1,000 No. 9 galvanized wires each. The building of this, [the Austin Bridge Company's] first complete cable bridge, and the experience gained therefrom helped to launch Austin Bridge Company into an interesting and profitable line of work."
  • See (suspension bridge) - Gainesville vicinity, Texas, USA. This Nocona vicinity bridge may be the same bridge I have listed at "Gainesville vicinity, Texas."
Photo by Tony King
1925 (pipeline bridge)
Byers vicinity, Texas, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:1856
References:AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Pipeline
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • In AUB, two main spans and part of another suspended span are visible.
1926 Hidalgo-Reynosa International
Hidalgo, Texas, USA and Reynosa, Mexico (Rio Grande)
Bridgemeister ID:146
References:AAJ, AUB, HAERTX98, PTS2
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1960's
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:450f
Notes
  • Damaged by flood, 1933. Rebuilt, 1934. Cables failed, 1939. Rebuilt.
1927 Bryan-Fannin (Telephone, Snow's Ferry, Bryant-Fannin)
Bonham vicinity, Fannin County, Texas and Bryan County, Oklahoma, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:602
References:AUB, PTS2
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, December, 1940
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • I'm not sure if this bridge should be "Bryan-Fannin" or "Bryant-Fannin". While it unquestionably connected Fannin County to Bryan County, Oklahoma, according to a www.rootsweb.com article (Fannin County TXGenWeb - Ferry's in Fannin County, from Pat Pryor, by Kathy J. Ellis) it was erected at a site known as "Bryant's Crossing" named for a local, Dave Bryant. The Steinman inventory lists it as "Bryan-Fannin". AUB mentions it as "Bryant-Fannin". The Rootsweb article also mentions it collapsed in 1940 under weight of a truck.
  • An article in the December 6, 1940 issue of The Port Arthur News (Texas) titled: "Suspension Bridge Plunges Into Red River" describes the collapse: "Owners of a $75,000 tollbridge which plunged into the Red River Wednesday when a suspension cable anchor pulled loose were undecided today whether it would be rebuilt. The bridge, owned by the Austin Bridge company of Dallas, was near Telephone, Tex., 12 miles north of here, and was several miles from a principal highway. Most of the traffic from the Bonham area toward Oklahoma is across a structure built recently to replace a toll bridge at nearby Sowell's bluff that collapsed in 1930. Mrs. Jim Freeman, toll keeper, said she heard a 'rumble' and looked up to see the 'deadman anchor' pull loose, throwing the entire weight of the 1,300 foot span on the other cable. It snapped, and the flooring and steel framework of the bridge sagged into the water. No one was on the structure when it fell."
1927 Saint Jo (Airline)
Saint Jo vicinity, Texas, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:601
References:AUB, PTS2
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
1928 (suspension bridge)
Idabel vicinity, Oklahoma and Clarksville vicinity, Texas, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:2378
References:AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, 1932
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • The November 1933 issue of The Wisconsin Engineer (a publication of the University of Wisconsin) has an article by C.W.P. Walter about research that was being performed by the University of Wisconsin's Engineering Department: "The particular hardware laden contrivance [in the Engineering Building] is a half-model of the Red River Bridge which carried light highway traffic between Clarksville, Texas, and Idabel, Oklahoma. In the early part of this year movement of the Red River as a result of flood waters washed away one of the intermediate piers supporting the end spans, and cause the cable to drop and be subjected to impact loading. It was contended by the company owning the bridge that the cable was overstressed and injured to such an extent that it would be necessary for the insurance company to replace the cable as well as the pier. A committee... was appointed to investigate the questions involved. While the investigation proceeded the Red River continued to scour away the foundation of the existing piers, ultimately causing the bridge to collapse completely."
  • AUB mentions this bridge very briefly: "In 1928, [Jim Diamond] was employed by Austin Bridge Company as a consultant on the super-structure and cable work for the White River bridge at Des Arc. Later in the same year, he represented the owners as job engineer on the bridge built by the Company across Red River above Clarksville, Texas."
  • The Texas Department of Transportation web site mentions in an article titled "Historic Suspension Bridges: Advent of the State Highway Department": "Five of the eleven suspension bridges built by [Austin Bridge Company] were toll bridges over the Red River. The Red River is notorious for its volatile, melting, red clay banks. The bridge between Clarksville, Texas, and Idabel, Oklahoma, was built by ABC in 1928, and washed out during flooding in 1932."
1928 (suspension bridge)
Rio Rico, Mexico and Mercedes, Texas, USA (Rio Grande)
Bridgemeister ID:1077
References:HAERTX98, PTS2
Status:Destroyed, 1941
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:260f
Notes
  • Destroyed by flood 1941.
1928 Durant-Bonham (Sowell's Bluff)
Bonham vicinity, Fannin County, Texas and Yuba/Durant vicinity, Oklahoma, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:603
References:AUB, PTS2
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, 1932
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • According to a www.rootsweb.com article (Fannin County TXGenWeb - Ferry's in Fannin County, from Pat Pryor, by Kathy J. Ellis), "when in 1932 this bridge fell, many people said that acid had been put on the cables to break them so that people from Oklahoma could not cross to Bonham."
  • However, the true date of collapse may have been in 1934. The February 2, 1934 issue of The Daily Oklahoman has a front-page article with a photo of the bridge with collapsed deck. The photo is captioned: "The Red River Bridge on Highway 22 Near Durant After the Midnight Crash," and the article reads: "Here Is the debris of a $60,000 investment made by the states of Oklahoma and Texas eight months ago when they purchased the Bonham-Durant bridge across the Red river on highway 22. Three of the five spans of the 1,500-foot suspension bridge turned upside down and dropped into the river bed when a four-Inch wire cable rusted and broke in two about 15 feet from the ground on the Texas side. A lull in the usual heavy traffic across the bridge prevented accidents. The crash came at midnight, and one motorist had barely reached the Texas side when the cable gave away. Other motorists stopped their cars just in time to witness the spans of the bridge crash 40 feet into the stream. The bridge was built in 1926 and was operated as a toll bridge until 1933 when the two states bought it and made it a free crossing."
1928 Roma-Miguel Alemán International (Roma-San Pedro International)
Roma, Texas, USA and Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Mexico (Rio Grande)
Bridgemeister ID:157
Structurae ID:0005556
References:HAERTX98, PTS2
Principals:George Cole, Starr County Bridge Co., Compañía del Puente de San Pedro de Roma
Use:Vehicular
Status:Closed, 1979
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:192m
Deck width:6.9m
Notes
  • Closed. Scheduled to be restored as pedestrian crossing.
1928 Zapata
Zapata, Texas, USA and Ciudad Guerrero, Mexico (Rio Grande)
Bridgemeister ID:1445
References:HAERTX98, PTS2
Use:Vehicular
Status:Inundated, 1953
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:165m
Side spans:2
Notes
  • Inundated during creation of Falcon Reservoir.
Image courtesy of Stephen Taylor and Zapata Historical Society Image courtesy of Stephen Taylor and TXDOT
1931 Buchanan Dam
Buchanan Dam, Texas, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:2514
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
1939 (suspension bridge)
Bend, Texas, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:1616
References:AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2

Notes
  • Similar to 1939 Regency - Regency, Texas, USA. The Bend bridge is pictured in AUB. At first, I thought it was the nearby Regency bridge, but upon closer inspection, the Bend bridge had suspended approach spans. Regency did not. Otherwise, they are very similar in appearance, both having been built in the same year by the same company.
1939 Regency
Regency, Texas, USA (Colorado River)
Bridgemeister ID:195
Structurae ID:0005564
O'Donnell ID:931
Coordinates:N 31.41167 W 98.84667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:340f

Notes
Photo courtesy of Larry Calder Photo by Casey Hibler III
1976 (footbridge)
Lampasas, Texas, USA (Sulphur Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1258
Coordinates:N 31.05598 W 98.18108
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Rod
Suspended spans:1
Main span:65f
Notes
  • It is doubtful that this is a true suspension bridge. Follow the picture for more on this observation.
Photo by Eric Sakowski
2001 (footbridge)
Houston, Texas, USA (ravine along Lake Carter)
Bridgemeister ID:967
Structurae ID:0008191
Coordinates:N 29.77431 W 95.47557
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Sahale, LLC.
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:66f
Deck width:4f
Notes
  • This bridge is located on private property.
(footbridge)
Belton vicinity, Texas, USA (Lampasas River - Chalk Ridge Falls Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1056
O'Donnell ID:929
Coordinates:N 31.018 W 97.525
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Short footbridge with wood towers near Stillhouse Hollow Lake Dam.
(footbridge)
Del Rio, Texas, USA
Bridgemeister ID:1352
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:80f
Photo by Eric Sakowski
(footbridge)
El Paso, Texas, USA (Rio Grande)
Bridgemeister ID:1562
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Narrow long footbridge circa early 1900's. Northern Arizona University's Cline Libary Digital Archives call number AHS.0003.00080 shows the best photograph I've ever seen of this bridge.
(footbridge)
Graham, Texas, USA (Salt Creek - Fireman's Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1464
O'Donnell ID:959
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
(footbridge)
Wichita Falls, Texas, USA (Wichita River - Lucy Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1060
O'Donnell ID:958
Coordinates:N 33.917 W 98.51218
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
(suspension bridge)
Bazette Crossing and Trinidad, Texas, USA (Trinity River)
Bridgemeister ID:598
References:AUB
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • Repaired by Austin Bridge Company, 1922.
(suspension bridge)
Decatur vicinity, Wise County, Texas, USA (Trinity River)
Bridgemeister ID:599
References:AUB
Notes
  • Repaired by Austin Bridge Company, 1923.
(suspension bridge)
Gainesville vicinity, Texas, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:279
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire

Notes
(suspension bridge)
Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto, Texas, USA (Brazos River)
Bridgemeister ID:596
References:AUB
Main cables:Wire
(suspension bridge)
Opelika, Henderson County, Texas, USA (Kickapoo Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2025
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Cecelia Viteri writes: "the bridge was built around 1920 over the Kickapoo Creek, Henderson County Texas, near a now defunct rural town of Opelika. My great-grandfather's farm bordered the creek, which is a tributary of the Neches River. I was on this bridge several times, and it was dismantled mid-1960's. It was wide enough for cars to cross it, one at a time."
Photos courtesy of Cecelia Viteri
(suspension bridge)
Texas, USA (Red River)
Bridgemeister ID:555
References:AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.?
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Notes
  • All I have to go on here is the photo. It is marked only as "Red River Valley". The towers strongly resemble other Austin Bridge Company suspension bridges. Upon close inspection of the photograph this bridge appears to have at least two main spans.
  • See 1914 98th Meridian - Byers vicinity, Texas, USA. The bridge pictured here may be the "98th Meridian" bridge at Byers, Texas across the Red River. AUB describes the Byers bridge, "This bridge, three spans of 567' each, one side span of 107', and a 16' roadway, had originally been built in 1914."
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
(suspension bridge)
Vernon, Texas, USA (Pease River)
Bridgemeister ID:597
O'Donnell ID:957
References:AUB
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:2
Side spans:2
Notes
  • In September 2006, Howard Laker writes: "The bridge is no longer there, but one tower is still standing. It is located adjacent to US 287 and can be easily seen."
Choctaw Creek
Bells vicinity, Grayson County, Texas, USA (Choctaw Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:133
O'Donnell ID:963
References:HAERTX98
Principals:William H. C. Greer
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Likely built in the 1910s.
Photo by A.W. Vickrey

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