This impressive pin-connected Parker truss bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for many years, but recent deck planks added to the bridge in some areas show that it appears to be somewhat maintained for pedestrian use. This is a stark contrast to the many totally abandoned and neglected historic bridges in Texas. The Texas Historical Commission states that Hess and Skinner Engineering Company were agents for the Missouri Valley Bridge Company for this bridge. It is assumed they refer to the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works. As for Hess and Skinner Engineering Company, little is known about this company except that one of the owners was named Frederick Edward Hess.
Information and Findings From Texas Historical Commission
In July 1913, the Bell County Commissioners Court, in response to repeated flooding in this area, approved construction of a bridge at this site to provide access to Killeen for residents of the Maxdale Community. Before it was completed, however, the bridge was destroyed in a flood. The Bell County Commissioners Court contracted again with Hess & Skinner Engineers, agents for the Missouri Valley Bridge Company, to build this bridge. Completed in 1914, the Maxdale Bridge employs a Parker truss design, which allows for maximum strength at mid-span. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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