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Texas | Architecture | Bridges

Erath County CR 270
Pony
and Through Truss Bridges

Erath County

By Barclay Gibson
"Apparently there used to be a rail line from Clairette to Hico or vice versa with two very nice through truss bridges. The old County Road 270 must have paralleled the railroad on the west side having two ponies; one from about 1910 and one maybe 1950. When the rail line was abandoned, the county took over the one lane RR bridges and closed the ponies. So, each through truss has a closed pony bridge to the west.

For simplicity I have labeled them North Pony, North Through Truss, South Pony and South Through Truss."
Erath County TX North Pony bridge off CR270
Erath County TX North Pony bridge off CR 270
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County TX North Pony bridge off CR270
Erath County TX North Pony bridge off CR 270
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County TX North Through Truss bridge on CR270
Erath County CR270 North Through Truss bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County TX North Through Truss bridge on CR270
Erath County CR270 North Through Truss bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County TX - Thick Thorny Brush
Thick thorny brush
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008

"On the south pony bridge, I took a misstep and put my foot through the old planking."
Erath County Tx South pony bridge off CR270
Erath County TX South pony bridge off CR270
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
"This area was where the thick brush was the worst."
Erath County TX bridge and brush
Protective gear for braving the thick brush
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County Tx South pony bridge off CR270
Erath County TX South pony bridge off CR270
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County Tx South pony bridge off CR270
Erath County TX South pony bridge off CR270
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County Tx South pony bridge off CR270
Erath County TX South pony bridge off CR270
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County TX South through truss bridge on CR270
View of CR270 south through truss bridge from the south pony bridge.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County Tx South pony bridge off CR270
Looking back at south pony bridge from CR270 south through truss bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
"The through truss bridge is quite interesting in that it is skewed by at least thirty degrees." - Barclay Gibson
Erath County TX South through truss bridge on CR270
Erath County CR270 South through truss bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County TX South through truss bridge on CR270
Erath County CR270 South through truss bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Erath County TX South through truss bridge on CR270
Erath County CR270 South through truss bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008

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