Waco’s Interurban Bridge (1913-1975)

WACO’S INTERURBAN BRIDGE (1913-1975)

Construction of the Interurban Bridge in Waco, which was next to the Suspension Bridge, was completed in 1913. When the Interurban ceased operation on December 31, 1948, a new deck was put on the bridge for automobile traffic. Both the Interurban Bridge and the Suspension Bridge were closed in 1973 when the Franklin Avenue Bridge was opened. In 1974, many considered it an eyesore and The Waco Bicentennial Commission and city fathers decided to demolish it as a part of preparing the town to celebrate the 1976 Bicentennial. The demolition of the Interurban Bridge, which began July 15, 1974, was seen as the first step in restoring the Suspension Bridge for the Bicentennial. Demolition of the bridge, which started in November, 1974, was completed in September, 1975. Today, all that remain are the concrete pylons rising up out of the Brazos River.

This photo is from the book “A Pictorial History of Waco” by Roger Conger. From the Gildersleeve-Conger Collection at The Texas Collection, Baylor University. Photo by Fred Gildersleeve.
“Southern Traction crossed the Brazos River at Waco on this three span truss bridge, seen here from the Waco end before the line opened in 1913. To the right is the oldest suspension bridge in the West. It is still standing, though open only to foot traffic. From the Baylor University Library.”
This photo is from the book “A Pictorial History of Waco” by Roger Conger. From the Gildersleeve-Conger Collection at The Texas Collection, Baylor University. Photo by Fred Gildersleeve.
“312 crossing the Brazos River, northbound, at Waco, September 15, 1938. William C. Janssen photo.”
From the book “Texas Electric Railway”(1982) by Johnnie J. Myers and editor LeRoy O. King, Jr.
The days of automobile traffic over the Interurban Bridge. Photo contributed by Rita Balentine Hogan.
The Suspension Bridge and the
Interurban Bridge, looking from the East side of the bridge. Photo from our personal collection.

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