Del Rio in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Pecos High Bridge
In June 1923, the Texas Highway Department constructed a bridge (50 ft. above water) to replace old canyon-bottom crossing. This bridge was washed away, 1954, and was replaced by two low-water interim bridges, the second of which washed out the day the present bridge was dedicated.
This bridge, 1310 ft long, is the highest in Texas – 273 ft. above river’s normal water line.
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Southern Pacific Railroad marker series.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 29° 42.371′ N, 101° 21.201′ W. Marker is in Del Rio, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 90. Touch for map. From Del Rio, take US 90 about 45-50 miles west to the bridge. The roadside park/scenic view area is at the end of Park Rd. 67 which is accessible off US 90 approximately 0.2 mile east of the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Del Rio TX 78840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Pecos River High Bridge (here, next to this marker); Medal of Honor Fight, 1875 (here, next to this marker); The Pecos River in Literature and Folklore (a few steps from this marker); Near Site, Southern Pacific Ceremony of Silver Spike (approx. 4.6 miles away); Site of Vinegarroon (approx. 4.6 miles away); Railroad Bridges Over the Pecos (approx. 4.6 miles away); Comstock (approx. 11 miles away); Eagle’s Nest (approx. 14 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Del Rio.
Regarding Pecos High Bridge. A replacement marker was erected by the Texas Historical Commission in 1996. Please see the Pecos River High Bridge Marker in the "Other nearby markers" section above.
Also see . . . Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos. The steep walls of the Pecos formed a natural barrier for man and animals in prehistoric and historic times. The most famous crossing of the Pecos is about a hundred+ miles upriver from here, known as Horsehead Crossing. (Submitted on February 25, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
Additional keywords. McCloud B. Hodges, engineer
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Natural Features • Notable Places • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,291 times since then and 126 times this year. Last updated on September 9, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 24, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 3. submitted on May 15, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 4. submitted on February 24, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 5. submitted on February 25, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 8, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.