Waco Suspension Bridge

McLennan County

Bridge Street at the Brazos River, Waco, Texas



Hailed as the first span across the Brazos River, the 475-foot Waco Suspension Bridge opened to horse-drawn wagon traffic in 1869. Requiring specialized materials and nearly 3 million bricks, the bridge was a spectacular engineering feat for its time.

Photo above by Jack Lewis, Texas Department of Transportation. Other photos provided by Texas Department of Transportation.


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