Early Masonry Arch Bridge in Austin
The West 6th Street Bridge, previously known as the Pecan Street Bridge, over Shoal Creek in Austin remains one of the oldest masonry arches in Texas and even predates the Texas State Capitol Building. Built in 1887 with local materials, this three-arch masonry bridge replaced an iron bowstring arch, the first bridge in Austin. Yet this hand-built bridge still allows vehicular traffic, connecting the west side to the east side of town. The Texas Historical Commission and the Shoal Creek Conservancy have joined together to preserve this historic landmark, restoring the stonework and lighting and maintaining the surrounding landscape.