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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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  • The statues of the cattle drive were fabulous. I thought one of the statues looked like the actor Lee Marvin. Take tortillas to throw on the old bridge piers. We watched the ducks and gulls eat the to...  more »
  • Went to see the bridge after stuffing our faces at Torchy's Taco. History marker on bridge explains it all, I won't spoil the surprise. There are bronze bulls and cowboys on horses at the bridge on th...  more »
  • Holds a special place in the hearts of some of my family as one of their great grandfathers helped to build it.  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit with family and such a nice area for poke hunting with kids! Very clean and well taken care of besides all the bread and tortilla bags I witnessed some young people tieing to the bridge! Sad to see people not appreciate and take care of things!
  • It's a nice bridge. But not sure what all the fuss is about. I found the old abandoned bridge next to it much cooler.
  • Magikarp, Slowpoke, and Psyducks abound here. It's really come into its own the past couple of years as a really nice spot to walk around and chill. Beware late at night though: the less fortunate tend to be around this area late at night in less than sober condition.
  • 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.
  • A Waco, Tx landmark. Nice quiet area to talk a walk.