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

Brazoria Bridge

 
 
Brazoria Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 7, 2015
1. Brazoria Bridge Marker



Inscription. The town of Brazoria began in 1828 as a port and trading center in Stephen F. Austinís colony. Partially burned in 1836 during the Texas Revolution, it rebuilt and served as county seat until 1897. To escape floods and to enjoy a better life, the townspeople moved to “New Town” near the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway in 1912. This town became “Old Town.”
†††††The first traffic bridge, built across the Brazos River in this historic region in 1912, provided a vital link between eastern and western Brazoria County. Falling victim to the elements and lack of maintenance, the wood-decked bridge fell into the river in the 1930s.
†††††Built in 1939, during the Great Depression, using local labor, county bond money, and funds from the Public Works Administration, this Brazoria Bridge sustains the historic transportation route. Nicknamed “The Bridge That Goes to Nowhere” before the soil embankments were built, this 1124' concrete and steel bridge has three Parker Through Truss spans. It is supported by concrete-filled caisson and concrete piling, and approaches composed of 14 concrete-supported I-beams with steel guard rails. An important example of its style, this Brazoria bridge is a significant part of Brazoria County history.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1991
Brazoria Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 7, 2015
2. Brazoria Bridge Marker
Marker is in a roadside picnic area north of the bridge

 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9531.)
 
Location. 29° 3.435′ N, 95° 33.378′ W. Marker is in Brazoria, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker can be reached from County Road 373 west of Farm to Market Road 521. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brazoria TX 77422, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henry Smith (approx. 1.1 miles away); Brazoria Fallen Heroes Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old Oakland Plantation (approx. 5.9 miles away); Ellerslie Plantation (approx. 5.9 miles away); James Briton "Brit" Bailey (approx. 6Ĺ miles away); Munson Cemetery (approx. 6Ĺ miles away); "Brit" Bailey Plantation (approx. 6Ĺ miles away); M.L. Weems House (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brazoria.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsSettlements & Settlers
 
Brazoria Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 7, 2015
3. Brazoria Bridge
Brazoria Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 7, 2015
4. Brazoria Bridge
View to south from the north end of the bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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