Near Aubrey in Denton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Elm Fork Bridge
The main span of the bridge is a 100-foot Pratt through-truss; east and west approach spans are Warren pony trusses 70 feet in length. Early iron bridges could only accommodate one-way traffic. The Elm Fork bridge was built for two-way traffic in response to the growing number of automobiles on the roads. Built on one of the original wagon trails leading out of Denton, the road became known as Sherman Highway, connecting Denton, Aubrey and Sanger. It also served early farms and cattle ranches in the area; some were later inundated when the river was dammed.
The bridge served traffic until 1990 when Sherman Highway (now FM 428) was widened and the bridge was bypassed. It was repurposed as a pedestrian bridge and remains in its original location as a part of the Ray Roberts Lake State Park Greenbelt. The Greenbelt opened on National Trails Day in 1999 as a wilderness recreation area with a 20-mile multiuse trail that follows the banks of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.
Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17887.)
Location. 33° 18.41′ N, 97° 2.507′ W. Marker is near Aubrey, Texas, in Denton County. Marker is on West Sherman Drive (Farm to Market Road 428) 0.8 miles west of Wildcat Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located along the Greenbelt Trail at the east end of the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Aubrey TX 76227, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beulah A. Harriss (approx. 8 miles away); Denton County Courthouse (approx. 8.2 miles away); Denton County (approx. 8.3 miles away); Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County (approx. 8.3 miles away); John B. Denton (approx. 8.3 miles away); The City of Denton (approx. 8.3 miles away); Our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 8.3 miles away); Denton County War Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away).
More about this marker. The dedication ceremony was held at 2:00pm at the Historic First Christian Church of Aubrey at 410 North Main Street followed by the unveiling of the marker at 3:15pm at the Ray Roberts Lake State Park Greenbelt off FM 428 between Denton and Aubrey.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.