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Old 12-08-2005, 11:05 PM   #21
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Re: Texas’ Top Twenty Trestles for the Roads Scholar

Hmmm, that "other bike" caught my attention too

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Old 12-09-2005, 11:49 AM   #22
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Re: Texas’ Top Twenty Trestles for the Roads Scholar

Another good link for bridge information.

I am working on a waypoint file that I can keep on my GPS, so they will pop up on the screen whenever I am nearby.

I will post it as soon as I have a bunch input.
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:38 PM   #23
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Re: Texas’ Top Twenty Trestles for the Roads Scholar

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1. Name: Bluffdale
Location: CO149 over the Paluxy River, Erath County
Type and date: Fan Cable stay, 1891

Cable stay bridges are all the rage these days. From the boss-of-the-coastal-plains Fred Hartman Bridge over the Ship Channel to the soon-to-be-built “signature” Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, cable stay bridges are built to make a statement. The bridge books say the first cable stay bridge in the USA was built fairly recently, in 1970. Those books are published back east and they’re wrong, of course, for in 1891 Texas bridge engineer William Flinn built a cable stay bridge of his own design at Bluffdale. It served the area as the main highway crossing of the Paluxy River for decades, and stands to this day as a testament to the state’s history of great bridges.


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Old 01-19-2006, 12:08 AM   #24
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Re: Texas’ Top Twenty Trestles for the Roads Scholar

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Honda. Some people are posers and some people are riders; while there are other bikes I'd love to have, the Met is what's in the garage right now, so that's what I ride.

Cool bike, Tom! Thanks for sharing your pics.
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:17 PM   #25
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Re: Texas’ Top Twenty Trestles for the Roads Scholar

# 9... From the Overlook like you said.





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Old 02-13-2006, 11:56 AM   #26
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Boy, every time I go back and look at this post...

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9. Name: Devil’s Canyon
Location: US90 over the Pecos River, Val Verde County
Type and date: Deck Cantilever, 1959[/b]
No, no, no, Devil's Canyon is one canyon east of this bridge over the Pecos. AFAIK, the bridge is just the "Pecos River bridge".

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Old 02-13-2006, 01:18 PM   #27
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Re: Texas’ Top Twenty Trestles for the Roads Scholar

Seminole Canyon is the canyon just East of the Pecos River. I can't find Devil's Canyon anywhere in the area There is the Devil's River North of Comstock on Hwy 163 which eventually feeds into the Amistad Reservoir.
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Old 02-15-2006, 06:47 AM   #28
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Re: Texas’ Top Twenty Trestles for the Roads Scholar

Dang, Tom, I did your Denton County tour on a whim one afternoon. This one's going to take some planning. Thanks for the post.
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Old 02-17-2006, 07:24 AM   #29
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Re: Texas’ Top Twenty Trestles for the Roads Scholar

Did I ever post the waypoint file?

I can't see where I did.

If you have a Garmin GPS, load it up and explore.

Tom: In many ways your "ride" looks more in keeping with the surroundings than mine. I like simple, but I prefer dirt roads. Maybe my TTR could be made into a DS machine.
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17. Name: Bullman
Location: CO301 over the Leon River, Hamilton County
Type and date: Bowstring arch, 1884

Early Texas communities built small wooden bridges that were washed away in floods. After the industrial revolution took hold late in the 19th century, longer, sturdier steel bridges could be ordered from bridge factories and shipped to Texas by rail. A few still stand, and the Bullman Bowstring is one of the most beautiful. Note: Access is on gravel roads.
I dropped by to visit my old friend today. I'm sorry to say that the graceful, historic 123 year old Bullman Bowstring is no more. It has been replaced with a brand new, A+ structure rated, low cost, absolutely generic concrete beam bridge.

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Re: Texas’ Top Twenty Trestles for the Roads Scholar

Here's #19, the Regency Suspension Bridge
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15. Name: Percy V. Pennybacker
Location: Loop 360 over Town Lake, Travis County
Type and date: Steel Arch, 1982

After several decades in exile, bridge aesthetics made a triumphant return to Texas in the award winning Pennybacker. As a benefit of its good looks, it is quite dramatic to cross on a motorcycle. The designers were said to have chosen a steel alloy that would weather into a UT burnt orange – I don’t want to get anything started, but in certain lights it looks more maroon to me.



I wrote it - now help your fellow TWTs out with some illustrations! Pictures of you and your bike at these bridges, please! How long will it take to post ride photographs of all twenty bridges?

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5. Name: Upper Harbor
Location: Navigation Blvd. over Tule Lake Channel, Nueces County
Type and date: Vertical lift, 1959

A great many of the historic drawbridges in the state have been replaced with “high” bridges rising above the ship traffic. The most impressive drawbridge ever build in the state is still in service, though. At the command of the bridge operators, the Navigation Blvd. Bridge lifts the road deck 138 feet. After riding across, be sure to stick around to watch it do some heavy lifting!
It's a big state and it'd been a while since I made it down to Corpus. The Upper Harbor lift bridge began to have operational problems in 2007 and was demolished and removed in early 2008. All that's on Navigation Blvd. now is a "Bridge Out" sign.

Man, you gotta get out & about and see these things before they're gone.

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Fun fact: The Upper Harbor lift bridge was a combined road and rail bridge.
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