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Pasadena in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Vince's Bridge

 
 
Vince's Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, December 7, 2016
1. Vince's Bridge Marker
Inscription. Site Vince's Bridge destroyed by military permission April 21, 1836 by Deaf Smith, John Coker, Denmore Reves, John Garner, John Rainwater, Moses Lapham, V.P. Alsbury. This historic deed is believed to have insured the capture of Santa Anna.
 
Erected 1912 by San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. (Marker Number No. 18.)
 
Location. 29° 43.16′ N, 95° 13.209′ W. Marker is in Pasadena, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on North Richey Street half a mile north of West Shaw Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: North Richey Street, Pasadena TX 77506, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Capture of Santa Anna (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Harrisburg (approx. 3 miles away); Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Old Harrisburg (approx. 3 miles away); First Airplane Flight Over Texas (approx. 3.9 miles away); Site of Lubbock Ranch (approx. 4.9 miles away); Site of the Home of Dr. George Moffit Patrick (approx. 7 miles away); Safety Follows Wisdom (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Vince's Bridge.
Vince's Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, December 7, 2016
2. Vince's Bridge Marker
View of marker, looking north
There has been dispute over the location of the bridge Sam Houston's men burned. It was originally reported by the participants the bridge was over Vince's Bayou and this marker is beside Vince's Bayou. Later historians began suggesting the bridge was not over Vince's Bayou, rather it was a bridge over Sims Bayou. Starting in the mid 1900s, two authorities threw support behind the belief the bridge that foiled the retreat of the Mexican forces and escape of Santa Anna was in fact over Sims Bayou instead of Vince's Bayou. And, this became the prevailing belief. In the 1830s the area was sparsely populated, roads were not well marked and, to further confuse this, there were two Vince brothers who owned extensive land adjacent to each other. So, the ball has bounced back and forth.

See "The Latest & Recently Published Article on the Location of the Bridge" in the links. It argues the Sims Bayou advocates are mistaken and the bridge was indeed over Vince's Bayou.

Interestingly, the marker doesn't mention the primary reason they destroyed the bridge -- to prevent supplies and reinforcements reaching the Mexican forces and to impede their retreat.
 
Also see . . .
1. Vince's Bridge. The Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on December 8, 2016.) 

2. Vince's Bridge. Wikipedia (Submitted on December 12, 2016, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Vince's Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, December 7, 2016
3. Vince's Bridge Marker
View of marker, looking south. Vince's Bayou is the stream.
 

3. The Latest & Recently Published Article on the Location of the Bridge. (Submitted on January 2, 2017, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, Texas IndependenceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2016, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 181 times this year. Last updated on January 2, 2017, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2016, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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