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Near San Saba in San Saba County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Beveridge Bridge, San Saba County

Texas Historic Bridge

 
 
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By Larry D. Moore, September 25, 2015
1. Beveridge Bridge, San Saba County Marker
Inscription. In the late 19th century, San Saba lacked direct access to developing railroad lines needed to reach expanding markets. The Beveridge Bridge, a single-lane suspension bridge, was constructed in 1896 to fill this need. The bridge was named For Irish immigrant John H. Beveridge, a former British merchant captain who settled in San Saba in 1849. He originally spanned the river with a dam known as the "Beveridge Crossing." By the 1890's, locals petitioned county commissioners for a more reliable crossing.

The Flinn-Moyer company of Weatherford, Texas, built the Beveridge Bridge at a cost of $2275. County commissioners appointed John H. Beveridge to personally oversee the construction of the bridge that would replace his dam. Completed on June 24, 1896, the bridge was 190 feet long with a 140 foot suspended span. It extends approximately 300 feet between anchorages.

The Beveridge Bridge withstood floods in 1899, 1922 and 1938. After the 1938 flood, county commissioners requested bids for its reconstruction. The Austin Bridge Company of Dallas was hired to carry out the work. In 1938, the bridge was reconstructed as an unstiffened suspension bridge with new parallel wire main cables spun in-situ on the original 1896 pipe truss towers using no. 9 gauge galvanized steel wire.

In 2004, the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic due to deterioration of the main cable underground. The Texas Department of Transportation used Federal Highway Administration transportation enhancement funds to replace the main cables and restore the bridge
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By Larry D. Moore, September 25, 2015
2. Beveridge Bridge
for pedestrian use. The bridge continues its transportation legacy as a pedestrian bridge and remains a county-owned landmark.
 
Erected 2005 by Texas Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 31° 12.631′ N, 98° 44.44′ W. Marker is near San Saba, Texas, in San Saba County. Marker can be reached from County Road 200. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Saba TX 76877, United States of America.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Beveridge Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, September 25, 2015
3. Beveridge Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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