Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Regency Bridge, north of San Saba.

A few weeks ago, my buddy Ellis, another teacher out here at the prison and a local boy, guided me out to a cool site north of town.

The Regency Bridge, swinging freely between San Saba county and Mills county, has been around for a very long time. Like most of us, it's fallen a few times and had to be repaired, but it's still goin' strong.

If you drive out on it and stop, you can feel it sway. It's hilarious. That's Ellis there. I told him I'd put him in there for scale. That's the Colorado river flowin' out behind him. It's flowin' a lot higher now, from the rain we've had in the last few days.

The evidence I saw showed that the local teenagers, and maybe a few others, use the site for nocturnal adventures.

Many of them have carved their names, or the names of their conquests into the rock or wood around the bridge.

The cliff overlooking the river on the San Saba side seems to be a particularly popular spot.

You can see that cliff there, on the left of this shot.

Built in 1939, the bridge you see here replaced an original that dated from 1909. The first bridge fell, killing a boy, his horse and some cattle. The next was swept away in a flood in 1936.

If you want to see some further shots of the site, click here and go to my FlickR site. Cheers!


BRUNO said...

Man, I'd like to have had that bridge around me, when I was just a fart-ass KID on my one-speed bicycle!

Would've been a SUPER-spot for me an' my "bike-gang" to smoke that stolen pack of cigs, and drink that dented-up can of beer that we'd found in the ditch, where somebody had "lost the evidence" the night before...!!!

Sarge Charlie said...

this is a very cool place

My smile for the morning is..........

It was once said that a black man would be president when pigs flew. Well, behold 100 days into his presidency .... Swine Flu...

Grandpa-Old Soldier said...

That's is a cool place. How far is it to the river below? Seems like a good place for crazy kids to jump from if it's deep enough or drunk and crazy older folks.

FHB said...

Bruno - me too. My gang woulda had a blast there.

Sarge - Hilarious. Pigs are flyin'.

G-OS - Noooo, it's to shallow. Normally, you can see the bottom.