The Bridges of Texas: 12 Beauties
We don't do rustic covered bridges here in Texas; we don't do massive Golden Gate spans either.
But that doesn't mean the state isn't home to some beautiful pieces of bridge art.
You can look for abandoned bridges here. Here, though, are a dozen of Texas's best that are still open in one way or another.
12. Suspension Bridge, Waco
The fabled Suspension Bridge in Waco is now pedestrian only, but when it opened in 1870 it was the longest single-span suspension bridge west of the Mississippi. Getting the building materials to the remoteness of Waco was almost as difficult as the construction itself.
It famously collapsed ten years ago when barges rammed into it:
Eight people died, but since it happened just four days after 9/11, the event is largely unknown outside of the immediate area.
10. Rainbow Bridge, Bridge City
The first time I encountered this thing was at night, driving from Houston. Naturally, we'd been on nothing but flat land forever, but somehow in the distance I saw car lights waaay up in the sky and wondered what the hell was going on.
Why is the Rainbow Bridge so high? (It's the tallest in Texas.) The city of Beaumont thought it would interfere with shipping, so the builders had to agree to make it high enough to accommodate -- get this -- a U.S. Navy ship that dirigibles hooked up to, which was the tallest ship in the fleet at the time.