Heath Canyon TX Abandoned International Bridge

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jmichaelbyrd on February 3, 2008

When was this picture taken? The pictures I took of this bridge were taken in July of 1992

thank you.

wbaron on February 3, 2008

This picture was taken in June 2001. I had camera problems that day, so this was the only decent picture I had of this place. Amazing the US would have allowed bridge to Mexico be built and not have a border inspection station. Finally they blocked it with this massive structure. A small explosive would have been easier.

jmichaelbyrd on February 4, 2008

The bridge was built in 1964 by the Dow Chemical Corp. to transport fluorspar from a mine in Mexico into the USA. In 1964 you could enter and exit Mexico almost as easy as going from one state to another state.

The current owners, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the Mexican Government, of the bridge hope to reopen the bridge in order to promote tourism in the area. It's my understanding that the only thing holding this up is how to make the border secure in this area.

This is the only bridge over the Rio Grande River between Presidio, Texas and Del Rio, Texas a distance of 330 miles.

Also, there is a concrete roadway, also built by Dow Chemical, just downstream from the bridge that crosses the river, but this roadway is under water when the water level in the river rises which is the reason the bridge was built.

There is a lot of information on the web about the bridge if you google the bridge or La Linda, Mexico.

jtmccrea on August 14, 2009

Very cool photo, I too find it hard to believe they built a bridge wout a border station, but that was an interesting bit of history on why they did.

Another cool border crossing that no longer exists from what I heard was in Big Bend Park in Boqullas Canyon. You would pay a Mexican guy $2 to take you across the river in a little row boat to the village of Boquillas Del Carmen. Did it with a buddy back in summer of 1993 when we were on a cross country road trip. Was a cool little side trip.

wbaron on August 17, 2009

I had heard about others that crossed there. Certainly that was an illegal crossing. But when somebody goes to the expense to build a bridge, the Customs folks should agree to show up or otherwise accommodate the people who use it. That's what's going to happen in Anzalduas TX. That bridge should be finished soon, and Customs will give the people who cross a free inspection. For some reason, that never happened in Heath Canyon.

ajsix on January 26, 2010

Some years ago, about 1988, my dad and I were on vacation in the Big Bend area, and we drove down to the bridge. We had lunch on the US side at a restaurant up on a hill overlooking the bridge. There was no control on the US side, so we drove across to the Federal Police station. We asked if we could drive to La Linda, and they shrugged, which we took as OK. We drove up into the uninhabited town, and drove up to the old mine facility. After about 20 minutes, we headed back to the bridge, and the policia waved as we went by. A: A time long gone by. B: What were we thinking?

cwsmith on February 6, 2010

In the Fall of 1970 I was 21 and working on a construction job in the BBNP Basin. A co-worker and I went to the Bosquillas crossing after work one day and crossed over by horseback. There was a guy there selling rides for a 50 cents a ride. Little did I know the river was on a rise and when we got about ten feet into the river the horse swam the rest of the way, me clinging to the back of the giggling Mexican. I was scared _less! Then I had to ride back! Funny what too many cervesas and youth make you do!

wbaron on February 10, 2010

CwSmith - I like that story. My understanding is that Boquillas now has a guy with a boat. It's still illegal, and the Border Patrol periodically shows up and gives him grief, but he makes a living. Funny that a whole town can exist where the only income is from foreign tourists, but there is no legal border crossing.

wbaron on February 10, 2010

ajsix - That must have been close to the time where they closed the bridge. jmichaelbyrd (see link above) has some cool shots from 1992 when the bridge was closed (using only a gate).

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