Some sort of old bridge or train trestle across Mulberry Creek .3 miles downstream from Hudson Mill Road.
This is an old bridge. Before Hudson Mill Road was paved and just a long dirt road, you had to drive over this bridge if you came down that way from Hamilton. My stepfather use to take us across it and it was very scary because of the iron rails and the wood. He use to tell us that one of his ancestors helped build it. I'd like to research that.
This was indeed a BRIDGE, (for automobiles, never trains!) and from the 1960s and before, it was the only crossing for the Mulberry creek. The name "Hudson Mill" road was named for the old GRISTMILL that once sat only a few YARDS from the South end of the bridge on the creek. Corn and other grains were ground into flour at this 'ancient' mill which was, of course, powered by the rapidly-flowing water just South of the bridge. In fact, from the early 1960s and before, some of the LARGE stone grind wheels (about 5 feet or more across!) were still lying on the ground, and could easily be seen by passing cars near the site of the old gristmill. They eventually disappeared, as that part of Harris County was undergoing commercial development, (LOTS of houses were being built!) and obviously someone wanted them. I believe I recall seeing one of them being used as a DRIVEWAY ORNAMENT buried about half the wheel's diameter in the ground. The reason I know all this, is because my mother owned about 70 acres of land and a home not too far from the old bridge, and my dad drove us across that old bridge HUNDREDS of times on our way to Hamilton, or, Pine Mountain (then called "Chipley" Ga) on highway 27 (Hamilton Rd). The bridge was built in 1915, and was constructed of steel beams and steel railing, with WOOD BOARDS for the cars to roll over. It was a ONE-LANE bridge, so only one car could cross it at once. The reason I KNOW it was built in 1915, is because my dad would take us down near the bridge, and we would walk over to the water, walk up onto the bridge, and ENGRAVED in one of the steel beams of the bridge, was the date "1915". Anyway, I don't know if anyone is still reading anything here, but I saw it, and thought someone might be interested in a little history of this very old bridge, and the old GRISTMILL that once sat on the bank of Mulberry Creek near it.
Thanks for all the background. I think Mulberry Creek is a wonderful little secret in Harris County. As a kayaker and fishing enthusiast, it is one of my favorite places. I've been interested in the history in this creek and its relationship to the people of Harris County.
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