Salado in Bell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Main Street Bridges
The first bridge, built in 1868-69, was constructed by local volunteers. The cable wire suspension footbridge, with cedar crossbars and a wooden plank floor, was destroyed in a 1900 flood.
The second bridge, a larger structure which would accommodate wagon as well as foot travel, was an iron bridge built by the King Bridge Company in 1892. Located a few yards west of the suspension footbridge, it rested on piers of rock and mortar, and was destroyed in a flood in 1913. Replaced a year later, the duplicate bridge was washed away in a 1921 flood.
A concrete bridge was built across the creek in 1922. Anchored with reinforced steel set into the rock creek bed, it proved to be a more permanent solution than previous efforts to bridge the stream and continues to be a focal point in the town.
Erected 1986 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3189.)
Location. Click for map. South of bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: Main St, Salado TX 76571, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Salado Creek (here, next to this marker); Salado (here, next to this marker); Stagecoach Inn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Thomas Arnold High School (about 500 feet away); The Davis Mill (about 500 feet away); Louisa Adeline (Addie) Barton (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church of Salado (about 500 feet away); Home of Orville Thomas Tyler (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salado.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 775 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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