Local history will be made this week when the Texas Historical Commission receives the nomination of the Bridge City Cow Bayou Bridge as an historic bridge to the National Register of Historic Places.

The THC State Board of Review will meet this Saturday in Galveston at the 1861 Customs House on 502 20th St. The nomination will then be sent to the National Parks Service in Washington, D.C. to finalize the process.

The Cow Bayou swing bridge is one of just two rare types of swing bridges of its kind remaining in Texas.

Following the dedication of the Cow Bayou Bridge in 1941, the settlement of Prairie View became known as Bridge City.  The town sprouted and grew along the two lane stretch of the then new Texas 87 on both sides of Cow Bayou.

In May 2008 the Texas Department of Transportation completed the first phase of a three phase historic rehabilitation project to restore Bridge City’s namesake Cow Bayou Bridge to its original World War II-era condition. 

TxDOT is now in the second phase of the project. The third phase will be cosmetic.

The National Register of Historic Places is our nation’s official list of properties significant in American history, architecture and archeology. Listing in the National Register denotes that a property is worthy of preservation.

Joining the Cow Bayou Bridge in nomination ceremonies Saturday is her sister bridge – the Deweyville swing bridge crossing the Sabine River on Texas 12.

For more information, or for those interested in attending Saturday’s event, call Mark Dunn of Bridge City Citizens for Historic Preservation  at 738-3008,