Bridges Over the Brazos

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The Brazos River meanders 923 miles from the Texas Panhandle to the Gulf of Mexico, crossing the High Plains, the West Texas Lower Rolling Plains, the Western Cross Timbers, the Grand Prairie, and the Gulf Coastal Plain.

Journalist Jon McConal has spent many hours hiking the river’s banks and camping out on its sandbars, discovering the many bridges that cross the river, and studying maps and tracing the river’s route. His friend Eddie Lane has canoed and camped the Brazos, even retracing the canoe journey made famous by John Graves in Goodbye to a River.

The two drove more than four thousand miles to look at sixty-two bridges ranging from a private bridge made from oilfield pipe to modern concrete structures. They stood on the bridges and watched the river, sometimes loaded with trash, sometimes serene and gentle. They met the people who lived near the bridges, heard their stories, and ate in local cafés.

This is the story of two men with a love of the outdoors and the Brazos River and the people they met along their journey. They hope readers, too, will want to take a few day trips and explore the Brazos and its bridges.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875653129
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 907,779
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of West Texas, Jon McConal was on the staff of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for forty years, twenty as a contributing editor and twenty as a columnist, writing most often about rural and old-time Texas. Now retired, he and his wife make their home in Granbury. McConal is the author of Jon McConals Texas and My Years with Bob Wills.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Knox County bridge 1
Ch. 2 Rhineland bridge 9
Ch. 3 Baylor County bridge 15
Ch. 4 Young County bridge 19
Ch. 5 Newcastle bridge 23
Ch. 6 More Young County bridges 27
Ch. 7 South Bend bridge 31
Ch. 8 Bunger bridge 35
Ch. 9 Possum Kingdom stone arch bridge 39
Ch. 10 Dark Valley bridge 45
Ch. 11 Palo Pinto County bridge 49
Ch. 12 Bridge near Mineral Wells 55
Ch. 13 Parker County bridge 59
Ch. 14 Bridge at Dennis 63
Ch. 15 Shackelford County bridge 67
Ch. 16 Tin Top bridge 73
Ch. 17 Hood County bridges 79
Ch. 18 Breckenridge homemade bridge 87
Ch. 19 A Brazos River ford 93
Ch. 20 Somervell County bridge 97
Ch. 21 Glen Rose bridge 103
Ch. 22 Brazos Point bridge 109
Ch. 23 Bosque County bridge 115
Ch. 24 Ferries for the Brazos 121
Ch. 25 Smith Bend bridge 125
Ch. 26 McClennan County bridges 129
Ch. 27 Falls County bridges 147
Ch. 28 The Brazos River falls at Marlin 155
Ch. 29 Marlin and the Highbank bridge 159
Ch. 30 Robertson County bridge 165
Ch. 31 Port Sullivan and Robertson County bridges 171
Ch. 32 Brazos County bridges 179
Ch. 33 Washington County bridge 185
Ch. 34 Jerry's quarters 193
Ch. 35 Washington County area bridges 199
Ch. 36 Bellville bridge 205
Ch. 37 Bridge at San Felipe 211
Ch. 38 The Ermis grocery and the Brookshire bridge 215
Ch. 39 Fort Bend County bridges 219
Ch. 40 Fort Bend County justice 225
Ch. 41 Rosenberg-Richmond bridges 231
Ch. 42 Brazoria County bridges 237
Ch. 43 East Columbia bridges 245
Ch. 44 Bridge ghost stories 253
Ch. 45 Brazoria's bridge to nowhere 257
Ch. 46 Lake Jackson bridge 263
Ch. 47 The last bridge 267
Ch. 48 Mouth of the Brazos 273
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