The nomination form has a detailed history of this bridge. This bridge has been relocated twice, once long ago in the 1920s-1930s, and more recent preservation-related ca. 2001 move to its existing location, following construction of a replacement bridge. The bedstead endposts of the bridge were cut when the bridge was moved; the original design would have had longer bedstead legs.
The bridge has rare star iron (cruciform) for its outriggers.
This bridge is an extremely early surviving example of a bedstead truss bridge. Most examples in the country date to after 1890. Bedstead truss bridges of any date are rare, particularly in Texas.
The bridge is noteworthy as an early product of the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company of Leavenworth, Kansas, so old in fact that the plaques do not yet display that name, instead naming the company "A. J. Tullock and Company of Leavenworth, Kansas" although periodicals published in this same year name the company Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works, which itself was a name used for some years before the name became Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company. Reportedly, A. J. Tullock was a subcontractor for this bridge, with the truss being fabricated by the King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio.
Above: 1888 Advertisement for the builder of this bridge.
Text From Bridge Interpretive Plaque
Built in 1888 by the King Iron Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and its sub-contractor, A. J. Tullock and Company of Leavenworth, Kansas, this bridge provided easy access to the developing community of Schulenburg. Located on the Old Praha Road, it was part of a major travel route during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The 60-foot iron structure, described as a single span, box-chord, pin-connected modified Pratt low truss bridge with counters, cost $1,422 at the time of its construction. It is one of the few bridges of this style still standing. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990
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