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Leon Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 1, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Leon Street Over Leon River
Location
Gatesville: Coryell County, Texas: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1904 By Builder/Contractor: George E. King Bridge Company of Des Moines, Iowa

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
136 Feet (41 Meters)
Structure Length
141 Feet (43 Meters)
Roadway Width
14.8 Feet (4.51 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
090500C00175001

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Bridge Documentation

Built by the notable George E. King Bridge Company, this bridge has been closed to traffic, but remains open to pedestrians.

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Information and Findings From Texas Historical Commission

Interpretive Plaque Text

The route once known as the Old Georgetown Road was in existence by 1854 and crossed the Leon River here. A ferry operated at this crossing as early as 1854 and was owned by R. G. Grant, a local entrepreneur and land developer. The Bowstring Truss Bridge erected near here in 1882 was the first metal truss bridge in Coryell County. It was damaged by two major floods in 1899 and 1900, and the County Commissioners Court authorized the building of another bridge. The George E. King Bridge Company of Des Moines, Iowa built this structure in 1904. Features include steel construction, wood decking, original lattice railings, pin-connected members, and elaborate stone abutments. The overall length of 141 feet from end to end allows for the 4-foot depth of masonry piers supporting the bridge. It is a 137-foot Pratt through truss span with a 5-foot timber approach span, and is one of few such bridges surviving in Texas. The 1904 bridge served as a major east-west artery for Central Texas. The road became part of State Highway 7 in 1917, and was renamed U.S. Highway 84 in the 1930s. The historic bridge was restored and rededicated in 1994. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1996

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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31.432843,-97.761669

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