Washington Avenue Bridge (Waco, Texas)

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Washington Avenue Bridge
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Washington Avenue Bridge (Waco, Texas) is located in Texas
Washington Avenue Bridge (Waco, Texas)
Washington Avenue Bridge (Waco, Texas) is located in the US
Washington Avenue Bridge (Waco, Texas)
Location Washington and Elm Aves. across Brazos River, Waco, Texas
Coordinates 31°33′40″N 97°7′43″W / 31.56111°N 97.12861°W / 31.56111; -97.12861Coordinates: 31°33′40″N 97°7′43″W / 31.56111°N 97.12861°W / 31.56111; -97.12861
Area less than one acre
Built 1902
Architect Sparks, J.H.
Architectural style Pennsylvania through-truss
NRHP reference # 98000143[1]
Added to NRHP February 20, 1998

The Washington Avenue Bridge in Waco, Texas was built in 1902 and was then the longest single-span vehicular truss bridge in Texas. It has a 450-foot (140 m) span across the Brazos River. It provided for traffic circulation in addition to that provided by the 1870-built Waco Suspension Bridge one block downriver (east).[2]

The bridge cost $93,399 for its construction, not including $1,850 for railings and approach spans. Its cost was split by McLennan County and the City of Waco, who became equal owners.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Matthew Haberling (April 1, 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Washington Avenue Bridge". National Archives.  (accessible by searching within National Archives Catalog)