The Regency Suspension Bridge
Mills County / San Saba County Line
This is a great location for a picnic during a temperate weather. Just spread your red checked table cloth on the tailgate of your pickup, because there are no picnic tables. These pictures were taken in the Fall of the year, however in season the natural flora and fauna are interesting. The traffic on the bridge is extremely light but not non existent. Access to the Colorado River is difficult if possible at all. The river is approximately 75 to 100 feet below. If you take a pair of binoculars you may be able to spy on wild life and birds along the river bank. The bridge is on a county road. The land surrounding the river is private property.
Directions: Approximately 18 miles west of Goldthwaite, Texas on Highway 574. Turn south on the Regency county road. Travel about 3.5 miles to the bridge.
If you picnic be sure and pack out your trash. "Don't Mess with Texas"
This areas first Colorado bridge was at Regency, on the Mills-San
Saba County line. Built 1903, it served ranchers and farmers for
going to market, but fell in 1924, killed a boy, a horse and some
cattle. It's successor was demolished by a 1936 flood. With
9o per cent of the work done by hand by hand labor, the Regency
suspension bridge was erected in 1939. It became the pride of the
locality, and youths gathered there in 1940's to picnic, dance, and
sing. Bypassed by paved farm roads it now survives as one of the
last suspension bridges in Texas.
(Historical Marker located at the intersection of US 183 and FM 574, Goldthwaite, Texas)