The great thing about living in Texas is you never run out of things to see and do. The state is just loaded with roadside attractions, historical sights, and hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.
One of those things is The Regency Bridge. It’s an absolute bucket list attraction for Texans.
Now, we know what you’re thinking. What’s so special about a bridge?
The Regency Bridge is the last suspension bridge in Texas that’s open to vehicle traffic. Because it’s a suspension bridge, that means it moves, bounces, and swings a bit, making driving over it a thrilling (or terrifying, depending on your perspective) experience.
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#Repost @pstorm1 with @repostsaveapp · · · The Regency Bridge, locally known as the “Swinging Bridge,” is a one-lane suspension bridge over the Colorado River in Texas. It is located at the intersection of Mills County Road 433 and San Saba County Road 137, both gravel roads, near a small community called Regency. The bridge saddles the Colorado River between Mills and San Saba counties. The main span is 343 feet long, but counting the approach spans, engineers list the bridge’s overall length at 403 feet (122.8 meters). The wooden deck of the bridge is 16 feet across. It was built in 1939, with most of the work being done by hand. An earlier bridge constructed in 1903 collapsed under the weight of a herd of cattle, and a later bridge built in 1936 washed away in a flood. The Regency Bridge was restored by James Harris in 1997, with then-Governor Bush attending the re-dedication service. This was a major event for the community of around 25 people. Local teenagers accidentally set the wood surface on fire on December 29, 2003, burning a hole in some planks and causing $20,000 in damage. The bridge was repaired and reopened to traffic in early 2005.[ After closing in late 2014, the bridge is once again open to traffic. In 2005, the Regency Bridge became the last suspension bridge in Texas open to automobile traffic. #regencybridge #jeeprenegadelife #jeepbuownersoftx #jeeprenegadeowners #omahaorange #jeeprenegade #jeepbu #renegadelife #jeeprenegadeexperience #trailhawk #renegadejeep #jeeprenegade2016 #jeeprenegadestx #bfgko2 #bfgoodrich #bfgoodrichko2 #avidessentials #avidteam #eibach #eibachsprings #mayhemwheels #mayhemwarrior #rockyroadoutfitters #supersliders #teraflex #teraflexsuspension
The Regency Bridge was built way back in 1903, but it broke back in 1924. The bridge was then rebuilt in 1939, mostly by hand, and fully restored in 1997.
The one-land historic bridge can be found in Regency, Texas. It spans the Colorado River and connects Mills and San Saba counties.
When you’re driving across the bridge, you’ll be privy to some beautiful view of the River Valley area — views that make all the creaking sounds and bouncing up and down worth the terror. And if you’re really brave, drive over the bridge at night in total darkness for a truly breathtaking adventure!
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Don’t want to drive across the bridge? You’re also free to park and walk across it!
Another bonus of visiting this historic bridge? Because of its remote location, it doesn’t draw big crowds, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a quiet drive and some socially distant fun during these times when we’re all staying apart.
The Regency Bridge can be found on 441 Co Rd 433 in Mullin, Texas.
Looking for more fun stuff to see across the state? Check out our Texas road trips guide for some great ideas!