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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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  • This a beautiful location with multiple opportunities for beautiful photographic shots. In fact, the were several professional photo shoots going on while we were there!  more »
  • We stopped in Waco for the Silos trap by my niece and ended up escaping to the bridge to avoid the crowds. The bridge was a good stop to see the river and enjoy the statues and a nice day in Waco. Per...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to take pictures. Clean areas to sit and have lunch. Neat statues and bits of history. We just happened to pass by and thought it was pretty so we stopped. Glad we did. If you are in Waco you should stop by and see for yourself.
  • The suspension bridge is a good place to spend some time looking at the birds and just enjoying the park. I leave it would be a good place to stop on a date. The biggest thing to remember about the suspension bridge is that at night it does become more hazardous so I keep that in mind it's like any other Park.

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