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

Historic Leon River Bridge

Historic Leon River Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
cmh2315fl via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), December 19, 2020
1. Historic Leon River Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1906, this Warren pony truss bridge originally spanned the Leon River on a road (now County Road 222) about 7 miles northeast of Hamilton. Hundreds of steel rivets and bolts connect the 90-foot-long bridge. Triangle components often form truss bridges like this one since triangles are one of the strongest shapes in engineering design. Bridge members conform to a distinctive "W” shape when viewed from the side. The Warren name doesn't come from the shape but from its English inventor, James Warren. Warren pony trusses are important for their role on county roads in Texas.

The Texas Department of Transportation partnered with the Hamilton County Historical Commission, Historic Bridge Foundation; and Texas Historical Commission to relocate the bridge. The Hamilton County Historical Museum accepted the bridge and prepared the site for its relocation in 2017.
Erected by Hamilton County Historical Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 31° 42.304′ N, 98° 
Historic Leon River Bridge image. Click for full size.
cmh2315fl via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), December 19, 2020
2. Historic Leon River Bridge
Marker is on the building on the right, just out of camera view.
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7.481′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Texas, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of West Henry Street and North College Street, on the right when traveling west on West Henry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 W Henry St, Hamilton TX 76531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Drugstore (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hamilton National Bank (about 400 feet away); Col. George R. Freeman (about 400 feet away); Knights of Pythias Lodge Hall (about 500 feet away); Hamilton Bank and Trust Company (about 500 feet away); Lest We Forget (about 500 feet away); St. Mary’s Church (about 500 feet away); United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamilton.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2022. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2022.

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