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Regency Suspension Bridge, Spanning Colorado River at County Route 126, Goldthwaite, Mills County, TX



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Location
Spanning Colorado River at County Route 126, Goldthwaite vicinity, TX

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER TX-61
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N545).
Building/structure dates: 1939 initial construction
National Register Number: 76002052
Part of building/structure is in San Saba vicinity, San Saba County, TX.
Significance: Spanning 340'-0" tower to tower, the Regency Suspension Bridge is one of five remaining suspension bridges in Texas. The bridge was built with mostly hand labor by area residents. Its 3 1/4"-diameter cables consist of 475 strands of No. 9 gauge galvanized wire anchored into concrete approximately 134 feet behind each welded steel tower. A 16'-0"-wide wooden roadway is supported on timber stringers and steel floor beams hung from steel suspension rods. This crossing of the Colorado River was built to reopen an important agricultural route and to link San Saba and Brownwood. The Regency Suspension Bridge was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
OVERVIEW FROM S.
BARREL VIEW FROM S APPROACH.
BARREL VIEW FROM MID-SPAN, LOOKING N.
BARREL VIEW FROM NORTH TOWER, LOOKING N.
3/4 VIEW FROM BELOW, FROM NW.
3/4 VIEW FROM BELOW, FROM NE.
3/4 VIEW FROM DECK LEVEL, FROM NW.
NORTH TOWER, FROM E.
NORTH TOWER, FROM SE.
DETAIL OF CABLE ATTACHMENT.
DETAIL OF TRANSVERSE BEAM ATTACHMENT.
DETAIL OF UNDERSIDE SHOWING TRANSVERSE STEEL BEAM AND WOODEN JOISTS.
OVERVIEW FROM S.


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