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The Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
c. 1884

Bosque River
Clifton, Texas

35 miles Northwest of Waco

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Bosque County Tx  - 1884 Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
1884. More Pitted Dates
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008

Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge Historical Marker Text

Built in 1884 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, at a cost of $6,465, this bridge spans 150 feet across the North Bosque River. This type of bridge, called a Whipple truss, was named for its designer. One of the few remaining Whipple truss bridges in the state, it opened up travel routes from the south and west to the north and east. Withstanding many floods, the bridge provided an important transportation connection for Bosque County residents from 1884 to 1941 when traffic was routed west of the Bosque River to the newly constructed Highway 6.
Clifton TX  - 1884 Clfton Whipple Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Clifton TX  - 1884 Whipple Truss Bridge historical marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Bosque County Tx  - 1884 Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Bosque County Tx  - 1884 Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Bosque County Tx  - 1884 Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Whipple Truss Bridge
Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
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Although the caption of the post card on the right gives the location of the bridge as Waco, alert reader Paul Newsome identified it as the Whipple Truss Bridge, still standing at CliftonTexas.htm:

"That [post card] is most certainly a picture of the Whipple Truss Bridge in CliftonTexas.htm, a Texas Historical Landmark, built in 1884 by Wrought Iron Bridge Company.

Another angle of the bridge as well as more information can be found at: http://clifton.centraltx.com/history.htm." - Paul Newsome, January 11, 2004
Clifton Texas Whipple Truss Bridge
The Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge in 2004. TE photo
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