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Waco Suspension Bridge, Waco

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
The Waco Suspension Bridge crosses the Brazos River in Waco, Texas. It is a single-span suspension bridge with a main span of 475 feet (145 m). Opened in 1869, it contains nearly 3 million bricks. It is located north of Downtown Waco, connecting Indian Spring Park (on the southwest side of the river) with Doris D. Miller Park (on the northeast side of the river). Every year on Independence Day, the bridge serves as a place where thousands of locals gather to watch fireworks. Indian Spring Park marks the location of the origin of the town of Waco, where the Huaco Indians had settled on the bank of the river, at the location of an icy cold spring.Before 1869, crossing the Brazos River was a time-consuming and sometimes dangerous ordeal. The only way to cross the river was via ferry, and due to the location of Waco on the growing Chisholm Trail, local businessmen knew that a bridge was needed to support commerce. For this reason, members of Waco Masonic Lodge #92 proposed the creation of such a bridge and they assigned a committee which would form the Waco Bridge Company, responsible for funding and building the project. A charter was received from the state in 1866.Col. John T. Flint, an Austin lawyer and banker, who had moved to Waco after the war and established a firm named Flint & Chamberlain, went personally to New York to handle the contract for building a bridge.In October 1868, the engineer he hired, Thomas M. Griffith, began to supervise the construction using cables from the Roebling company of Trenton, New Jersey. The logistical and engineering difficulties he encountered were abnormal because of the remote location.
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  • Some may say " it's just a bridge" but it's more than that. There's history to this bridge, a beautiful view of the river and part of Baylor, and of course the sculptures of the cattle drive. It only ...  read more »
  • Even though it was dark and the neighborhood is sketchy, there were lots of families and couples out walking around the bridge area. It felt safe enough. The old bridge is cool and is a nice place to ...  read more »
  • it's a pleasant walk across the bridge although I don't know why all the plastic bags are tied to the supports. the bronze cattle drive sculpture at the south end is amazing. 
  • The suspension bridge is beautiful during the day and at night. The surrounding area has great trails to walk. There are also some really neat shops close by. Definitely worth checking out.
  • It's a nice bridge and the icon of the Waco city in my opinion. There's many things near the bridge to do, so visiting here is a great idea for it's scenic view.
  • Made a day trip to Waco and visited the bridge while I was here with my wife. Nice location of Texas history. Glad to see that it is maintained for visitors to enjoy. Well worth the stop.
  • An awesome place for relaxing, pictures, and pokemon hunting. There are also paddle board and kayak rentals nearby too.
  • This is a great place to hang out by the river, also really popular with the Pokémon go crowd.
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