Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas

TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, ARKANSAS

TEXAS

King Bridge Company agents, including Zenas’s nephew George King, were very active in these southwestern states. The King Bridge Company catalogues of the 1880s featured the Congress Street Bridge across the Colorado River in Austin leading up to the State Capitol as shown in the old post card below.

When this bridge was replaced, three of its six original spans were moved to Richard Moya Park near the Austin Airport and is now known as;

1. Moores Crossing Bridge# – 1884 – Austin, Travis County

The turbulent history of this move is described at It is being repaired as pedestrian crossing of Onion Creek.[6] (see NEW 3/9/03 for the details)

In addition to the old Congress Street Bridge, Texas in particular, has been very active in preserving old bridges a number of which were built by the Kings. (Check this website for more Texas historic bridge information

http://www.historicbridgefoundation.com/ipages/texas/texas.html

2. The Faust Street Bridge – 1887- New Braunfels, Comal County (2 spans, 640 feet) 1887* –This impressive Whipple Truss once served as the major highway crossing of the Guadalupe River on “El Camino Real” connecting Austin and San Antonio. As one of the most important historic bridges in Texas, it has been restored by the County to serve foot and bicycle traffic needing access to the river. The Faust Street bridge was constructed by King Iron and Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio in 1887. This monumental truss structure extends more than 640 feet in length across the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels. The structure is comprised of two, central 220-foot double-intersection Pratt (or Whipple) through trusses(one on each side). The truss members are connected by a pin-and-hanger system which was the common connection method for trusses in the late-19th century. The spans are supported by massive oval-shaped masonry piers with articulated stone work and pointed or lancet-shaped ends. (see NEW 6/15/03 for details)

http://bridges.midwestplaces.com/tx/comal/faust-street/

http://www.historicbridgefoundation.com/ipages/texas/hillcountry/comal/faust.html

3. The Alton Bridge -1884- – Denton County The records of the Denton County Commissioners Court from the 1880s and 1890s indicates that 14 bridges were built by the King Bridge Company in the County during that period (and another 12 built by George E. King & Co. founded by Zenas King’s nephew). This Pratt through truss across Hickory Creek is the only one still in place and was preserved as part of a hiking and equestrian trail system thanks to the efforts of the Denton County Historical Commission and others.[5]

The Gregory Road Bridge in Denton County, Texas – (66 feet) –1880sA pony truss across Duck Creek is scheduled for demolition unless The Denton County Historical Commission, which is currently looking at ways to save some of these old structures, can find another use for it. (see NEW 7/1/03 for details).

http://bridges.midwestplaces.com/tx/denton/old-alton/

4. The Piano Bridge – 1885 –Dubina, Fayette County This is one of three King bridges ordered by the county. It is a Pratt truss across the East Navidad River that still has it builder’s plate and has been documented by the Historic Bridge Foundation of Texas. (see 2005 Update for details)

http://www.historicbridgefoundation.com/ipages/texas/prairies/fayette/piano.html

5.The Bullman Bowstring* – 1884 – Hamilton County* (85 feet) *

This is the most complete and substantial of the remaining bowstrings in Texas and one of three contracted by the King Bridge Company for the County. Located on the old Waco-Hamilton Road, this bridge is included in the State transportation enhancement program and will be a feature in a State approved park.[3] (see PRESERVATION and 2005 Update and NEW 6/15/03 for details)

The Jonesboro Bridge in Hamilton County, Texas – (64 feet) – 1884*This bridge is the second of the Kings and was left in place when a bypass bridge was built in 1988 across the Leon River. Along with the Bullman Bridge, it is designated eligible for nomination for the National Historic Register. Note: Two other King bridges, the third bowstring of 85 feet and a Pratt truss built in 1897 have been moved out of Hamilton County, the bowstring to Fort Worth and the Pratt truss to Travis County.

http://www.historicbridgefoundation.com/ipages/texas/prairies/hamilton/bowstring.html

The King Bridge Company built a number of bridges for the railroads in Texas, two of which remain in place in Erath County. They were converted to highway use on County Road 270, one near Hico and the other near Clairette. Both were built in 1906. See NEW 9/12/04 for details).

. The Green Creek Bridge near Clairette 7. The Bosque River Bridge near Hico

OKLAHOMA

1.The Salt Creek Truss (on rte. OK 9A) – 1896 – Seminole County

The only documented King bridge in Oklahoma and is reported to be the oldest through truss still standing. (see NEW 9/12/04 link http://okbridges.wkinsler.com/saltcreek9.html)

ARKANSAS

Arkansas has two old King bowstring bridges, one of which has been preserved and the other awaiting the same treatment. They are:

The Springfield Bowstring – 1874 – Faulkner County- As documented in“Great American Bridges and Dams” by Donald C. Jackson, (John Wiley & Sons 1988)., this 188 foot bowstring is the oldest highway bridge in Arkansas and oldest remaining bowstring in the State. It is also in the HAER register and is.cited in (see NEW 9/12/04)

http://bridges.midwestplaces.com/ar/faulkner/cadron/

The Mickles-Danville (Petit Jean) Bowstring -1880- Yell County

A group of local historic bridge enthusiasts led by Randall Houp are at work trying to arrange the rehabilitation and/or relocation of this, the second oldest iron bridge in the state. (see NEW 6/6/06 and PRESERVATION for more details.)

http://bridges.midwestplaces.com/ar/yell/bowstring/

 

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