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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 1870, 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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  • Great experience walking across the this suspension bridge that dates back to 1870. Photographic views of the Brazos River. 
    Great experience walking across the this suspension bridge that dates back to 1870. Photographic views of the Brazos River.  more »
  • While both Waco Tours inform you about this Chisolm Trail icon, seeing in person the best. Under renovation you can still get photos, see and sense the history of this easy to get to classic. 
    While both Waco Tours inform you about this Chisolm Trail icon, seeing in person the best. Under renovation you can still get photos, see and sense the history of this easy to get to classic.  more »
  • We were able to walk along the river, but not across the bridge as it is under renovation. There were several homeless people there in the late afternoon. At the entrance you are still able to... 
    We were able to walk along the river, but not across the bridge as it is under renovation. There were several homeless people there in the late afternoon. At the entrance you are still able to...  more »
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  • The suspension bridge is currently closed due to construction, but we were able to walk through the park area down to the river where you can see the bridge pretty well.
  • The suspension bridge itself is closed for the time being due to construction. But the area around it is still open and is just as beautiful! There are still many places to take a nice walk and there is also other bridges.
  • Lovely place for a nice long walk, there’s nature too! Some of the hiking nearby is actually really wooded which we enjoyed! It’s stunning here
  • Was closed due to construction but it appears to be a beautiful walk over the Brazos when open. Some of the "Branding the Brazos" statuary are outside of the construction area. This is ordinarily open during the evening but I wouldn't feel safe with the restrooms being occupied with homeless people. Looks like a gathering. No hate here, simply concerned as a tourist.
  • The Suspension Bridge is under construction so we weren't allowed to access it and that's why I gave a low grade. Two of the cowboy statutes were partially covered up with fencing and plastic sheeting but you could still see the cowboys. The cattle were not affected by the construction and you could still take pictures. If you're a Fixer Upper geek, you need to visit this place since you see the bridge and statues on the show. My husband and I visited the bridge in 2019 and enjoyed it.

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