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CR-179 Bridge

Big Elm Creek Bridge

CR-179 Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nels Raynor, Bach Steel

Bridge Documented: April 13, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-179 Over Big Elm Creek
Location
Rural: Falls County, Texas: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1884 By Builder/Contractor: King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
68 Feet (21 Meters)
Structure Length
71 Feet (22 Meters)
Roadway Width
11.8 Feet (3.6 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
90740AA0236001

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge has been relocated. This page and its photos and maps document the former location of the bridge.

This historic bridge was relocated and is currently in storage in Rosebud. View This Bridge's Rosebud Page Here.

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This bridge is one of only a few cast and wrought iron bowstring truss bridges surviving in Texas today. This example is an example of the King Iron Bridge Company's patented bowstring design and enjoyed popularity in the 1870s. Compared to other bowstring bridges of similar design, this bridge has unusually heavy riveted built-up floorbeams suggesting that this bridge is either a later example of this bridge type, or had its floorbeams replaced long ago when riveted floorbeams were still common.

The top chord channel of this bridge has rare Passaic Rolling Mill Company brands on it.

Unfortunately the abutment of this bridge is failing causing the truss to drop. The bridge is at severe risk for collapse. The county tied a wire cable tied to a tree and the bridge to try to keep bridge from collapsing. This cable was under extreme tension. The bridge is closed to traffic and the county plans to demolish the bridge if a new owner who wants to relocate the bridge cannot be found.

 

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This historic bridge has been relocated and is no longer at this location. See the main bridge page for a link to the new bridge location. This map is shown for reference purposes only.

Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
31.420290,-96.734850

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