Bastrop-to-Elgin Bridge (former) – Bastrop TX

Description

Hailed as the first major Works Progress Administration (WPA) project completed in Texas, what was then a bridge spanning the Colorado River along the primary link connecting Bastrop and Elgin, located on a farm-to-market road, opened in January 1936. Given as Texas State Route 95—the most direct connection between the cities today—was not yet constructed at the time, Living New Deal believes this to be the former bridge spanning the Colorado River along Farm-to-Market Road 969 (since replaced).

Source notes

"Bastrop Bridge Is First Big WPA Project Completion," The Austin American, January 12, 1936 (pg. 8): https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/385855819/

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on May 24, 2022.

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Location Info


FM 969
Bastrop, TX

Coordinates: 30.167599, -97.402802

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