• Texas Destinations: Historic Clairette Bridge

    If you are like me and you tend to have a heavy foot when it comes to the accelerator, you will have to force yourself to slow down or you will completely miss the tiny community of  Clairette, located on Highway 6 between Hico and Dublin, Texas. However, I will tell you that the day I slowed my vehicle down was the day that I made three historic discoveries in Clairette. The first was, of course, the Clairette school.

    The second came in the form of this great old bridge.  If you are on Highway 6 between the towns of Dublin and Hico, you need to be watching to the south (left from Hico and right from Dublin!) for CR 270. Just as soon as you turn south onto 270, look to your left because the first turn to the left will be upon you immediately. Take the left turn and less than a mile in front of you will be the old Clairette Bridge.

    The bridge is still in use and spans what I assume is a creek or stream that feeds into the Bosque River and, of course, visitors are free to get out and take photos…with the understanding that while it may be a road less traveled…it is still a “real” road.

    The first time I visited the bridge, I completely missed my third discovery…the second bridge. However, on my second visit I happened to look to my right (south) just before I reached the large bridge that was the object of my attention.

    I don’t know if it can be viewed once all follage is leafed out, but as you can see from the photo below, I was there in the winter and just accidently happened to see the second old bridge across the way.  What a treasure!

    Isn’t it amazing the things we can find if we only take the time to look? Right there in plain sight in a place I’ve traveled hundreds of times are two gorgeous old bridges…bridges that are quickly becoming a thing of the past!

    Here’s hoping you can visit!

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    3 Responses to Texas Destinations: Historic Clairette Bridge

    1. The bridge you visited was Built by King Bridge Company of Ohio in 1906. If you would have continued down the road South toward Hico another few miles you would have come upon another large railroad through truss bridge, a rare crooked skew bridge, and another similar small bridge nearby. The small bridges were along the old road alignment. When the train tracks were removed when the line was abandoned the road assumed the old track route utilizing the rail truss bridges. If you follow the train track route North about 6 miles toward Dublin you will run into another similar Pratt Through Truss bridge from the same 1900 construction period.

    2. The King Bridge Company historical page has pictures of these and other historic truss bridges they built in Texas. Also Bridgehunter.com has a complete listing of historic bridges in Texas (http://bridgehunter.com/tx/), I am an editor and have added dozens of bridges myself. I have developed a Google Earth map of over 300 historic bridge locations in Texas that I distribute through Bridgehunting Texas on Facebook.

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