Salt Fork Red River Bridge – Wellington TX

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Record flooding of the Salt Fork Red River occurred on June 15, 1938, damaging the bridge for then State Highway 52 (now State Highway 203). Deemed unsalvageable by Texas Highway Department Engineers, plans were made for a replacement bridge. The funds for the bridge were jointly allocated by the Texas Highway Department and the Federal Works Agency, each of which committed $80,000.

The new bridge was built seventy-five yards north of the previous bridge. This new location was chosen for its stable red clay and shale bedrock which would help prevent future flood damage. When letting for the contract was concluded, Purvis & Bertram Construction Co. of Ft. Worth, Texas was awarded the construction contract with the winning bid of $126,162.51.

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Plaque on bridge
NRHP Registration Form

Project originally submitted by Larry Moore on December 19, 2015.

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Location Info


Wellington, TX 79095

Location notes: Southeastern Collingsworth County, Texas

Coordinates: 34.88753, -100.051723

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