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Friendship Bridge

Friendship Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 1, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Granger Lake (San Gabriel River) Tributary
Location
Rural: Williamson County, Texas: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1982
Main Span Length
115 Feet (35 Meters)
Structure Length
115 Feet (35 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This traditionally composed Pratt truss bridge has been relocated to this park setting where it functions as an attractive crossing for pedestrians. It is one of two bridges preserved in Taylor Park. The interpretive plaque at the bridge describes the history of the bridge: Since the earliest days in Williamson County’s history, bridges have been important. The blackland prairie with its deep stream channels and muddy banks, made travel difficult. The first bridges were low and not built to withstand high water. In the 1880’s stronger iron structures with higher abutments replaced the early bridges and permitted effective all-weather transportation. An iron truss and wood plank bridge could be bought for less than $500.00. The improved bridges allowed the development of cash cropping in the early 1900’s because producers could move crops easily to railheads. This bridge was originally constructed on Willis Creek around the turn of the century. It was destroyed in September 1921 by a devastating flood which swept the county, causing severe loss of lives and property. The bridge was reconstructed and used until it was dismantled and moved to its present location by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1982.

 

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