Exploring Denton County’s Historic Bridges

This guest column looks at the historic bridges in Denton County, Texas in the past and today. There is a complete guide with pictures you can have a look at by clicking on the link here:

http://bridgehunter.com/tx/denton/

Courtesy of bridgehunter.com. Now enjoy the stories behind these bridges, courtesy of Denton County History and Culture. 🙂

Denton County Office of History and Culture: Blog

This week, we have some really cool resources to share with you that “bridge yesterday with tomorrow…” You guessed it, this week’s blog is allabout Denton County’s Historic Bridges! So, let’s start with a brief history of the bridges in Denton County.

Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 5.49.50 AM Old Alton Bridge, 1986.

In the early 1880’s, Denton County’s population and economy were rapidly growing. The number of residents in the area jumped from 7,000 to more than 18,000, and farmers began to grow money-making cropslikewheat and cotton.

However,the Denton County Commissioners Court knew that growth would come to a halt if transportation routes in the area didn’t improve. Residents needed a reliable way to cross the county’s many waterways and get to railroad lines more quickly. At the time, most streams either didn’t have bridges, or only had wooden ones.

So in 1882, the Commissioners Court used $10,000 to build eight iron and steel bridges in…

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