This bridge is a very rare surviving example of an 1870s cast and wrought iron bowstring in Texas. The bridge was relocated to this park setting in Rosebud where it has served pedestrian traffic. Unfortunately when it was moved, it was set on the ground with no substantial abutment system and thus the ends of the bridge ended up being buried in dirt. In 2018, Rosebud hired the organization Workin' Bridges, who in turn contracted with local companies and bridge restoration company Bach Steel to lift the bridge onto new concrete abutments, and make repairs as needed, with an initial contract for basic repairs only. The photos of the bridge on this page were taken after the bridge was set on new abutments, but before any repairs took place.
The bridge conforms to the unique patented design details of the King Iron Bridge Company. However, as with many companies of the time, the King Iron Bridge Company often had slight variations in their standard design. This bridge is a good example of this because it was designed with a rare post-tensioned style floorbeam which essentially had a design resembling a kingpost truss to it. Unfortunately, the unique rods and channels that formed the lower triangle of the floorbeams have either deteriorated or been broken off when the bridge was moved and set on the ground long ago. Many of the pieces still are hanging from the bridge. A full restoration could restore these details. Another bridge with intact floorbeams of this design can be seen in Tennessee.
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