This is one of the few surviving unique small-scale suspension bridges in Texas and is also noted for its iron Howe truss approach spans. The bridge is one of the products of the Flinn-Moyer company which built these unique suspension bridges and Howe truss bridges. Originally, this bridge had iron pipe towers and the Howe trusses on the approach spans were also used for stiffening trusses on the main span. However, in 1926, the Austin Bridge Company of Dallas, Texas altered the bridge, adding new cable alongside each original cable, removing the stiffening truss, and encasing the towers in concrete.
The bridge is today bypassed and abandoned. It is among the most unique and significant bridges in Texas.
Please review this Historic American Engineering Record data pages for a very detailed and extensive history of this bridge.
Above: A view of the Howe truss for the approach spans.
Above: Historical ca. 1896 photo of bridge showing design of bridge prior to 1926 alteration.
Above: Model from collection of Dr. Timothy L. Flinn, of Howe pipe truss bridge (no longer extant) spanning Deep Creek, Shackelford County, Texas, constructed by Flinn-Moyer Company in 1896. Photo Credit: Historic American Engineering Record.
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