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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