I’ve traveled Highway 377 between Comanche and Fort Worth hundreds of times in my lifetime, flying through the little town of Bluff Dale, Texas in Erath County without giving a thought to anything except trying not to get a speeding ticket. Of course, it never occured to me that I was ignoring a huge piece of the area’s history without even knowing it, and I’m betting that you have done the very same thing!
I learned recently that it just might be that I could find all kinds of cool places if I just slowed down a bit…
For many years the only way to reach the area of present day Bluff Dale, Texas or any point west of Bluff Dale was to ford the Paluxy River.
This one lane bridge served in this location until 1934 when with the increased traffic that came with the automobile made the need for a wider bridge a necessity. In ’34, the bridge was moved to its present location on County Road 149 where it served local traffic for years.
Today, this beautiful suspension bridge is open only to foot traffic and people like us here at Texansunited.com who just enjoy seeing a piece of days gone by. The bridge was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1977, and today a Historical Marker notes its history.
If you are not interested in a piece of Texas past or in historical suspension bridges or historical markers, this may not be the stop for you. However, the bridge is very easy to find, and can be viewed without taking a lot of your time.
Coming from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, simply look to your right after passing the Valero Convenience Store which will also be on the right. You will almost immediately see the green CR 149 sign where you will turn right. The bridge and historical marker will be just ahead. It makes a great photo op and is, of course, a great place to stretch and take a break.
And if you love history like we do here at Texansunited.com, you just might be able to hear the ringing of those long ago horses’ hooves as they cross the modern suspension bridge that made their lives so much easier!