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Regency Bridge

 

Return to San Saba County Courthouse

While in San Saba, we were give the idea of visiting the Regency bridge.  Thinking it was close, we sped off to see this bridge (which was often used in the opening scenes of The Eyes of Texas).  Well, I thought it would be ‘on the way’ to the next county, but after many minutes, which seemed like hours, we decided this was not on the way.  We perserved and eventually came across the bridge – a one lane suspension bridge, built in what at least today, seems to be in the middle of nowhere.  Still, it was picturesque and unusual, so I guess it was worth the trip.

From www.texasescapes.com: “Regency’s 1939 bridge is one of eight remaining suspension bridges in Texas and has been used in commercials and as a backdrop for television programs. It was rededicated March 1, 1999.

The original 1903 bridge fell in 1924 and its replacement was swept away in a flood in 1938. Construction of the bridge was from April to October of 1939.

Mills and San Saba Countys both paid for construction of the bridge which was built with local labor under supervision of the Austin Bridge Company of Dallas. During WWII, the bridge was visited by troops stationed at nearby Camp Brady and locals used the bridge as a meeting place and held dances there.”


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