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Canadian in Hemphill County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Canadian River Wagon Bridge

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
1. Canadian River Wagon Bridge Marker
Inscription. In 1915, Hemphill County contracted to erect a bridge to span the Canadian River. Construction of the Canadian River Wagon Bridge was completed in July, 1916. The bridge was comprised of seventeen 153.5 ft. pin-connected Parker through-truss spans; the dimensions being 16 ft. in width and 2,635 ft. in total length. After its completion it was said to be the largest steel structure west of the Mississippi. In 1923, it fell victim to the raging waters of the Canadian River which cut a new channel around the north end of the bridge necessitating the extension on the north end of four identical spans and an approach span. The bridge’s 3,255 ft. length now made it the longest pin-connected bridge in Texas.

In recent years a committee of interested citizens raised funds, along with matching grants, to renovate the bridge, laying wooden planked flooring, decking, and installing side-guard railings to create a walking bridge. After five years of hard work, the Canadian River Wagon Bridge was reopened on July 1, 2000. It was restored as part of a new scenic hiking and biking trail over the Canadian River Valley and wetlands habitat.

Visualize in times past a horse-drawn wagon or a Model T loaded with people or groceries crossing a wide and mighty Canadian River. Today as you walk this historic bridge keep a keen eye on the
Canadian River Wagon Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
2. Canadian River Wagon Bridge Marker
riverbed and you might catch a glimpse of an occasional bobcat, turkey, or deer.
 
Location. 35° 56.228′ N, 100° 22.264′ W. Marker is in Canadian, Texas, in Hemphill County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 60 0.1 miles south of U.S. 83. Click for map. Marker can be reached by walking 0.2 miles on old road bed, from a parking lot on west side of US-60. Marker is in this post office area: Canadian TX 79014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Old Springer's Road Ranch (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Former Site of Hogtown (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing); Canadian River Trails (approx. one mile away); Hemphill County (approx. one mile away); Robert R. Young (approx. one mile away); Edith Ford Memorial Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Tom T. McGee (approx. 1.6 miles away); Moody Hotel (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Canadian.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Canadian River Wagon Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
3. Canadian River Wagon Bridge
Canadian River Wagon Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
4. Canadian River Wagon Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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