Details for Rutherford's Crossing Bridge (Atlas Number 5139007144)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5139007144


Marker Number 7144
Atlas Number 5139007144
Marker Title Rutherford's Crossing Bridge
Index Entry Rutherford's Crossing Bridge
City Waxahachie
County Ellis
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 712256
UTM Northing 3592453
Subject Codes bridges; design and construction
Marker Year 1990
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location On Rutherford Rd., 3 mi. off FM 878 and 8 mi. S. of Waxahachie
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Constructed in 1919 by the Texas Bridge Company at a cost of $565.00, this Warren Pony truss bridge provided transportation across Red Oak Creek for area residents. Prior to the bridge's construction, the only way for people to cross the creek in this vicinity was by fording the waters, a task which often proved impossible due to bad weather and floods. A once-common bridge type, this structure is representative of early 20th century bridge building technology. It stands as a reminder of early transportation patterns in Ellis County.