“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kyle in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Bunton Branch Bridge

Bunton Branch Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, July 3, 2018
1. Bunton Branch Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Bridge No. 44, now known as the Bunton Branch Bridge, is located just north of Kyle on a north-south section of road that parallels Interstate 35, a remnant of the 1915 Austin-Aan Antonio post road. The bridge crosses Bunton Branch, an intermittent tributary of Plum Creek that runs in a southeast direction across Hays and Caldwell Counties. The creek has its headwaters east of Mountain City in Hays County and was named after the family of a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Col. John W. Bunton.

The 42-foot long concrete structure was built in 1915 by J.N. George & Sons Construction Company as part of the first federal aid highway projects in Texas. The bridge is composed of a single closed-spandrel arch forty feet in length supported by reinforced concrete abutments. The bridge’s deck, measuring 20 feet in width, is composed of concrete and carries one-lane traffic over an 18-foot wide roadway. Out of thirty-five bridges built within a distance spanning 78 miles, the Bunton Branch Bridge is the only known reinforced concrete arch bridge as part of this project.

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Road (later state highway 2) and the construction of bridges like this one resulted in a wave of travel and tourism for central Texas. By the 1920s, State Highway 2 was one of the heaviest traveled roads in the state. In the 1930s, the state highway department changed the alignment of the highway, abandoning the section of old post road over Bunton Branch Bridge. Today, this historic bridge is one of the few tangible links to this historic highway in Hays County.
Erected 2012. (Marker Number 17342.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
Location. 30° 1.113′ N, 97° 51.51′ W. Marker is in Kyle, Texas, in Hays County. Marker is on Kyle Crossing, 0.2 miles Old Bridge Trail, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kyle TX 78640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. WPA Projects at Kyle School (approx. 2.2 miles away); Kyle Depot (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lex Word and the Bon Ton (approx. 2.3 miles away); John Wheeler Bunton (approx. 2.4 miles away); First Baptist Church of Kyle (approx. 2.4 miles away); Kyle (approx. 2.4 miles away); Katherine Anne Porter
Bunton Branch Bridge Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, July 3, 2018
2. Bunton Branch Bridge Marker Area
(approx. 2.4 miles away); Old D. A. Young Building (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kyle.
Bunton Branch Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, November 28, 2009
3. Bunton Branch Bridge
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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