Details for Bridge at McAlister Crossing (Mueller Bridge) (2/10 mi. SW) (Atlas Number 5493013258)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5493013258

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Marker Number 13258
Atlas Number 5493013258
Marker Title Bridge at McAlister Crossing (Mueller Bridge) (2/10 mi. SW)
Index Entry Bridge at McAlister Crossing (Mueller Bridge) (2/10 mi. SW)
Address FM 539, CR 337
City La Vernia
County Wilson
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 590314
UTM Northing 3247446
Subject Codes bridges
Marker Year 2004
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location SE of town at intersection of FM 539 and CR 337. Marker reported missing Mar. 2008.
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text John Murphy McAlister (1807-1885) and his wife, Isabella (McClain) (1817-1872), settled in La Vernia with their family in the early 1850s. In 1857, they purchased several hundred acres of land on the southwest bank of Cibolo Creek. The natural stream crossing adjacent to their property became known as McAlister Crossing and for years served residents on both sides. The McAlister children subdivided the land following their father's death in 1885. About the same time, county commissioners designated the local route, including the crossing, as Road No. 62 (present County Road 337). In 1906, the Henry Mueller family purchased land on the east side of the creek; a son would later buy land on the west side, just southwest of McAlister Crossing. In 1908, county commissioners permitted the placement of telephone poles along the road and the creek crossing. In 1915, the Commissioners Court contracted with the Alamo Construction Company of San Antonio to erect five bridges in the county, including one at McAlister Crossing. The most expensive of the new structures, the bridge at McAlister Crossing, completed in 1915, cost nearly $9,000. Because members of the Mueller family owned property on either end of the bridge, it was often called Mueller Bridge. The three-span, 252-foot Mueller Bridge at McAlister Crossing features polygonal camelback trusses with multiple panels. For more than 70 years it served local residents, surviving Cibolo Creek's occasional raging waters. Closed to vehicular traffic in 1988, it remains a historic link to engineering designes of the early 20th century. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2004