Walnut Creek Bridge, ca. 1922

March 1, 2023
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The old Walnut Creek Bridge on North Street was washed away in the flood of 1922. Mr. Goodnight is shown on a horse. The wood bridge spanned Walnut Creek on North Street. Mansfield received over eight inches of rain on April 25, 1922, washing away the bridge. Three Mexican railroad workers who lived in a boxcar on the siding drowned when the boxcar washed away. Forrest Bratton made coffins for the three, who were buried in an unmarked grave in the Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. The bridge was replaced by a concrete bridge in 1922. That bridge was replaced by the current bridge in 1983.

To learn more about Mansfield history, check out the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St., open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more info, call 817-473-4250, emailmuseum@mansfieldtexas.gov or go to mansfieldhistory.org.

Photo courtesy of the Mansfield Historical Society.

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