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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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  • visited Waco and went to see Baylor. The stadium and fields and some buildings are along the river and there is a real nice river walk on both sides. We started at the suspension bridge and walked to ...  more »
  • Was a nice afternoon to take a walk along the suspension bridge. Interesting background for the bridge. Was nice for the city of Waco to put the time and effort in to keep the bridge. Nice sculptures ...  more »
  • I nice walk around down town should be sure to include the bridge area. Watch ducks and kayakers all along the river.  more »
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  • A nice place and one of my family's favorite to visit. You can get some great family photos by the longhorns. Their is bathrooms nearby with water fountains, which comes in handy if you got little ones. Also all of it is easy to walk to. If you have time walk over to the other side and check out the Martin Luther King mural and lookout platform.. worth the few extra steps. All in all a hidden gem in Waco. You can never go wrong making a stop here even if you're just passing through.
  • Beautiful Picturesque location. Perfect for family stroll and exploration. My family of 5 had fun walking bridge and taking photos.
  • Beautiful views. Lovely walking trail. Unique sculptures. We went during the day. River rides. Ducks. Well kept and clean. Detracted only by the many homeless, muttering men.
  • Absolutely beautiful area. Nice history to go along with the bridge. We got to see someone below catch a gigantic catfish. I fell in love with this area. Beautiful Park.
  • Good place to see history. Several statues and the entrance had plaques to read. Both sides had different items to review.

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