The Bridge Route to Market

Whereas Nash’s Ferry made it possible for farmers to cross the Colorado River to reach Bastrop, the construction of the Lower Elgin Road bridge over Wilbarger Creek enabled a safe, efficient, free, and continuous passage to the newly expanding market at Elgin by way of Lower Elgin Road (formerly known as Coats Road). This access was important for all of the farmers who had historically gotten their crops to market by means of Nash’s Ferry, but it was especially important for the expanding agricultural developments in the Cedar Valley, Utley, and Union Hill communities. The documentation acquired from the Texas Department of Transportation specified that the purpose of the Lower Elgin Road bridge was to link these communities with Elgin.

May 2016