Landmark Local Bridge Collapses

(Photo by Carlos Garcia)

MCLENNAN COUNTY (March 25, 2014) The landmark Eichelberger Crossing Bridge across the North Bosque River just north of Waco collapsed overnight, evidently as the result of debris that backed up after weekend rains and shifted the foundation.

The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the collapse Tuesday morning.

The turn-of-the century bridge was built at the site of a river crossing settled by the Eichelberger family in the early 1850s.

Descendants of the original settlers include former McLennan County District Attorney Martin Eichelberger, who died in 1977, and pro golfer Dave Eichelberger.

The bridge was abandoned in 1987 according to online records, but was used by walkers and fishermen.