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!