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Big Elm Creek Bridge

Big Elm Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 1, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Nothing Over Ground
Location
Rosebud: 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 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. An 1884 construction date was given for the bridge, which would indeed make it one of the latest known examples of a bowstring truss bridge, and thus may explain the heavier floorbeams.

The bridge has some rather crude alterations, mostly the result of unskilled attempts to repair broken cast iron components during the bridge's service as a highway bridge.

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

This bridge has been moved to a park setting in Rosebud with the intention of reusing the bridge as a pedestrian crossing. At the present time, it is essentially in storage, but it remains fully assembled and is viewable to the public in the park, so it could be thought of as currently a bridge in use as a non-functional exhibit.

View This Relocated Historic Bridge's Page In Its Previous Falls County Location Here

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