Texas September 19, 2018
The Remarkable Bridge In Texas That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once
We have quite a few suspension bridges here in Texas, but the one you’re about to see is extra special. Not only is it the oldest bridge of its kind in the state, but its endangered status means it might not hold up much longer. Keep reading to find out where it’s located so you can visit while there’s still time.
The bridge was built across the Paluxy River in 1891, making it the oldest cable-stayed suspension bridge in Texas and one of the oldest in the country. It spans U.S. Route 377, which was formerly known as Texas State Highway 10.
In 1933, a new bridge was constructed to accommodate the rapid increase of traffic over the past few decades. The juxtaposition of the two imitates life in a way, proving that no matter how far we've come, it's imperative to never forget where we've been.
After being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, the old bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1989 due to its extensive deterioration. It was placed on Preservation Texas' 2009 list of most endangered places both for the poor condition of the structure and lack of funds for restoration.
Elijah Runyon came up with an intricate design for the cables. This is one of only two examples of his work, the other being Barton Creek Bridge in Huckabay. No doubt the Bluff Dale hasn't collapsed yet simply because of the genius engineering used to construct it.
While you can't drive on it, foot traffic is allowed and encouraged. Standing on such an antiquated piece of history opens a portal to the past, planting visions in your mind of horse-drawn carriages marching along on a quest for prosperity and hope.
You'll find the bridge on Berry's Creek Road in Bluff Dale, which is located in Northeast Texas. If you're a history buff, have an appreciation for architecture, or just love all things small-town Texas, this is an adventure you won't want to miss.
Have you ever crossed the Bluff Dale Suspension Bridge? What’s your favorite historic bridge in Texas?