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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 suspension bridge was across the street from our hotel. Brilliant sculptures at the entrance as well as information about it. Bridge itself is very clean, obviously very well maintained and cared ...  more »
  • We walked the bridge this morning and it was amazing. Chisolom Trail cattle crossing over Brazos Builder used it as prequel to the Brooklyn Bridge  more »
  • Very impressive and historic structure that played such a fascinating role in Texas history. The statues on the south end of the longhorns and cowboys added to the impressiveness. We walked across it ...  more »
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  • Beautiful bridge with unique history. Good views of surrounding Waco areas and river. Throw a tortilla at the piling while you're on the bridge. Fun place to go with family. Just watch the large holes on the side of the bridge if you have small children.
  • Really awe-inspiring to see a bridge still standing at its age. I love to visit things from the past and wonder about the people that used it all those years ago!😏☺
  • 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.
  • Awesome piece of history. Enjoyed the walk across it, imagine seeing herds of cattle that crossed it many many years ago....

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