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BRIDGES OF HAMILTON COUNTY
TEXAS

CR222 Bridge
CR106 Bridge
CR210 Bridge
CR617 Pony Truss Bridge
CR103 Bridge

Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson
Photographer's Note:
Hamilton County:
I love it. Most travelers have no clue what really lies off the paved roads of Hamilton County. My hat is off to the first settlers having to hack a pathway for the first time before the advent of TX36 and TX22. There is some kind of thorn or thistle vine undergrowth that must have been quite a barrier for horse, cow, wagon and person trying to pass through this part of Texas. We have nothing to compare like it out west. Its thorns are much like that of a rose bush but it grows on a vine about the thickness of a pencil. Thankfully, I like to wear a pair of old but comfortable pants on these trips. The thorns tore them up doing damage to my legs and arms. Even my old boots are scarred. Only biker's leathers might survive this stuff. Going this time of year avoids the usual crawling, flying and biting critters that commonly inhabit the area. My problem is, going through these photos, I want to go right back and do it all over again. -
Barclay Gibson, March, 2008

Hamilton County Closed CR103 Bridge

Closed CR103 Bridge Hamilton County, Texas
More Hamilton County CR103 Bridge photos
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008

Hamilton County Closed CR222 Bridge

Hamilton County Closed CR222 Bridge, Texas
More Hamilton County CR222 Bridge photos
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008

Hamilton County Closed CR106 Bridge
Hamilton County Closed CR106 Bridge, Texas
More Hamilton County CR106 Bridge Photos
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008

Hamilton County Closed CR210 Bridge
Hamilton County Closed CR210 Bridge, Texas
More Hamilton County CR210 Bridge photos
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008

Hamilton County CR617 Pony Truss Bridge
Hamilton County Texas CR617 Pony Truss Bridge
More Hamilton County CR617 Pony Truss Bridge photos
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
More Texas Bridges

Hamilton County Scenes
Thorns & More
Hamilton County Tx Thorns
Thorns
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Hamilton County Tx Thorn Thicket
Thorn Thicket
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Subject:
A note to Barclay Gibson: Hamilton County Bridges


Let me say, first off, that I love your site; I live in east Tennessee now but I grew up in north central TX (rural Johnson, Hill, and Somervell counties) and your magazine/website is one of the first places I turn to when I am feeling deeply homesick. Please keep doing what you're doing.

Anyway, I do have a specific reason I am writing to you today. I was looking at the series your photographer, Barclay Gibson, did of bridges in Hamilton County, TX, which are lovely. His comments on the thorny undergrowth, in particular, made me smile. We just called them briars, growing up; I believe they are a Smilax species but I'm not certain. Anyway, it is indeed a tenaciously evil plant. He should try to remove some sometime! You can't just cut them down and expect them not to come right back, and their root system consists of these hard, woody tubers... heh, sorry, thinking about them got me carried away. Here on this side of the Mississippi, we have kudzu, which is a nightmare as far as invasive plants go, but those briars are native, and those thorns are vicious and I'd honestly rather try to stop kudzu. :)

But yes, I suppose if you could pass my appreciation on to Mr. Gibson, and to your other contributors, I'd be obliged. - Regards, Tracey A. Jones, May 11, 2009
Hamilton County Tx Abandoned Rock House
An Abandoned Rock House
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Hamilton County Tx Hay Truck
Hay Truck
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Hamilton County Bridges - More Photos:
CR222 Bridge
CR106 Bridge
CR210 Bridge
CR617 Pony Truss Bridge
CR103 Bridge
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