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Historic US90 - Pecos River Crossing

Page updated: 11-September 2004 - Added pages


Photo caption: "The low bridge over the Pecos River was completed in 1922, but the roadway had yet to be paved in this photograph, probably taken during the mid-1920's.These men are soldiers, probably being withdrawn from the Big Bend or El Paso following border patrol duty during the Mexican Revolution and the unsettled years immediately following. Soldiers from Fort Clark in neighboring Kinney County and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio ofter operated in Val Verde County and points and points westward. (Texas Dept. of Transportation)" Photo and caption from "Images of America: Val Verde County" by Douglas Lee Braudaway and the Val Verde Historical Commission, published in 1999 by Tempus Publishing of Charleston, SC. Provided by Stephen Taylor of Austin.
 
"June 26, 1954 (Hurricane Alice): This storm quickly developed off Brownsville. It made landfall within 24 hours of formation. Most residents did not know about it until it was upon them. Heavy rains near Langtry resulted in 27.10" of rain at Pandale. This caused the greatest rise on the Rio Grande since 1865. The river rose 30 to 60 feet at Eagle Pass and Laredo. An 86' wall of water rushed down the Pecos River; this washed out a bridge normally 50' above it. The International Bridge at Laredo was also washed out. Most of the death and destruction occurred in Mexico." Excerpt from Del Rio Chamber of Commerce.


Photo from "Images of America: Val Verde County" by Douglas Lee Braudaway and the Val Verde Historical Commission, published in 1999 by Tempus Publishing of Charleston, SC. Provided by Stephen Taylor of Austin.

Temporary bridges were built in 1954 and 1955, but these were also washed out.
 
The current bridge was completed in 1957 and stands as the highest highway bridge in Texas at 273 feet above the water and is 1310 feet long.
 

Photo taken April 27th, 1957 (Warren Studios). Photo from "Images of America: Val Verde County" by Douglas Lee Braudaway and the Val Verde Historical Commission, published in 1999 by Tempus Publishing of Charleston, SC. Provided by Stephen Taylor of Austin.

This section of the Pecos River falls within the headwaters of the International Amistad Reservoir. This causes the water level to fluctuate with the level of reservoir. This also results in the mean water level to be higher than the 1922 water level when the first bridge was built.
 
Due to the large number of photos I have seperated them into the following sections:


The image below is combination of satellite photos from Microsoft's Terraserver. The images are from 2002 when the level of the reservoir dropped the level of the Pecos River into its natural channel.


 
 
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