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Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Waco Suspension Bridge

 
 
The Waco Suspension Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
1. The Waco Suspension Bridge Marker
Inscription.  In 1866 the Waco Bridge Company was granted a 25 year charter to build a toll bridge here. The charter guaranteed that no other bridge or ferry could be built within five miles. Construction began in 1868 and, after much financial difficulty, was finished in 1870. Bridge traffic included wagons, pedestrians, and cattle herds. Special rates were given to heavy users. From 1875 to 1889 the public agitated for a free bridge, but the company retained its monopoly. Then, in 1889, the bridge was sold to McLennan County which gave it to the city of Waco as a free bridge.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5448.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 31° 33.726′ N, 97° 7.584′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker can be reached from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard east of Washington Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at the northeast end of the Waco Suspension
Northeast End of The Waco Suspension Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
2. Northeast End of The Waco Suspension Bridge
Bridge in Doris D. Miller Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waco TX 76704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Going Up The Chisholm Trail (here, next to this marker); Jacob de Cordova (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waco Spring (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gerald-Harris Shooting (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brann-Davis Shootings (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Courthouses of McLennan County (approx. half a mile away); McLennan County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
 
More about this marker. There is an identical marker at the southwest end of the bridge.
 
Also see . . .  Waco Suspension Bridge. From the Texas State Historical Associations “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on May 17, 2016.) 
 
The Waco Suspension Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
3. The Waco Suspension Bridge
View to south from north bank of Brazos River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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