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Waco Suspension Bridge, Waco

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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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  • Awesome bridge and great location for family pictures. Great piece of history for everyone to enjoy.  more »
  • This was a quick stop after dinner but we were so glad we stopped! The bridge was all lit up and fun to walk across. There were beautiful views and photo opportunities. We went on a gorgeous night.  more »
  • I was raised in Waco in Pre =During and Post World War 2 the suspension was one of the bridges that connected East and West Waco. It was the older of the 2 and the less used at that time , but it was ...  more »
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  • Love this place. Great place to walk and check out the scenery. For tourist buy you some tortillas and tortilla toss
  • I really enjoy taking my 3yrs old granddaughter Nahvia to feed the ducks, the geese and the turtles along the river walk. Plus watching her discover nature is something amazing we can do together.
  • A landmark worth seeing. Very interesting and beautiful view of the river. Well kept area.
  • There was this homeless guy there. He was pretty nice, but he comes off as a bit harsh. He had a lot to say about the children of today being our future and that we should all give credit to Jesus. Overall, I thought he was a pretty nice guy. The bridge was nice too.
  • I'm told that the bridge was built primarily for the historic cattle drives. When the Brazos was flowing higher, they sometimes lost half their cattle due to drowning. The bridge made it safer to cross. Beautiful bridge aesthetically and historically. Schedule your visit when the food truck court nearby will be open and have a good lunch.