By Jon McConal
Journalist Jon McConal has spent many hours climbing the river’s banks and tenting on its sandbars, gaining knowledge of the numerous bridges that move the river, and learning maps and tracing the river’s path. His pal Eddie Lane has canoed and camped the Brazos, even retracing the canoe trip made well-known by means of John Graves in Goodbye to a River.
The drove greater than 4 thousand miles to examine sixty-two bridges starting from a personal bridge made up of oilfield pipe to trendy concrete constructions. They stood at the bridges and watched the river, occasionally loaded with trash, occasionally serene and delicate. They met the folks who lived close to the bridges, heard their tales, and ate in neighborhood cafés.
This is the tale of 2 males with a love of the outside and the Brazos River and the folks they met alongside their trip. They desire readers, too, should want to take a couple of day journeys and discover the Brazos and its bridges.
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The arches may appear to be the same size to the naked eye, but they actually vary from twenty-three to thirty feet across. On the morning we arrived to look at the bridge, Cody Lain, twenty, unloaded fishing gear from his pickup truck to begin an hour or two of fishing. “I’m no writer. But, if I were, and I were writing about bridges, I would choose this one to write about,” he said. He pointed at the arches. P OSSUM K INGD OM S TONE A RCH B RID GE 41 The Possum Kingdom Stone Arch Bridge in Palo Pinto County was built by the Works Progress Administration during the late 1930s.
The sisters who taught in a Catholic school here lived in the two-story structure. Then it became vacant and remained so for five years. “That’s when I bought it and began refurbishing it,” he said. His efforts show. The house has beaded wood ceilings and wall paneling. The stairway has stunning hand-carved oak along the stairs. “That’s how the people who settled this community did things,” he said. He picked up the thick book of the history of the community, A Century of Faith. It tells about the German immigrants coming here in wagons in the late 1800s from states that included Nebraska.
You don’t have to be in poor health to benefit from a bath and massage. It is a unique experience not to be experienced anywhere else. We have bathers in age from infancy to nearly the century mark,” promised an advertising pamphlet somebody had given me. I had taken a bath in the wells. I don’t think it cured any chronic ailment from which I was suffering. ” The wells closed when a fire destroyed the facilities. But right up the road is still another Texas treasure at Eliasville. There, near a remarkable old steel girder-and-cable bridge over the Clear Fork of the Brazos, are the remains of an ancient flourmill that once ground corn, wheat, and other grain.