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Old 02-15-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Before there was the Harbor Bridge, there was a "drawbridge" that was used at the Port. I have not driven across that bridge in more than 20 years. Does anyone know if it is still there?
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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I believe it does still exist. I found a nice picture of the bridge at:
Bascule Bridge, Corpus Christi, Texas | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/83833206@N00/5428075075/ - broken link) and
Vintage Postcard, Bascule Bridge, Corpus Christi, Texas | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/80651083@N00/201908384/ - broken link)
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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I believe it does still exist. I found a nice picture of the bridge at:
Bascule Bridge, Corpus Christi, Texas | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/83833206@N00/5428075075/ - broken link) and
Vintage Postcard, Bascule Bridge, Corpus Christi, Texas | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/80651083@N00/201908384/ - broken link)
Nice. thank you for sharing.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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If the bridge you are referring to is the "Lift Bridge," then no, that thing was demolished in 2008. I remember crossing it a few times when with I was with my family as a kid.

If you literally mean the Bascule Bridge, from what I've learned online it seems like that one was replaced with the Harbor Bridge in 1959.

Tule Lake Lift Bridge will be removed Corpus Christi Caller-Times
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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If the bridge you are referring to is the "Lift Bridge," then no, that thing was demolished in 2008. I remember crossing it a few times when with I was with my family as a kid.

If you literally mean the Bascule Bridge, from what I've learned online it seems like that one was replaced with the Harbor Bridge in 1959.

Tule Lake Lift Bridge will be removed Corpus Christi Caller-Times

That is probably the one that I'm thinking about. I seem to remember taking one of the exits off 37 and driving towards the direction of the refineries.
thanks for the article.
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I believe it does still exist. I found a nice picture of the bridge at:
Bascule Bridge, Corpus Christi, Texas | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/83833206@N00/5428075075/ - broken link) and
Vintage Postcard, Bascule Bridge, Corpus Christi, Texas | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/80651083@N00/201908384/ - broken link)
The caption under that first link reads:

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Bascule Bridge, Corpus Christi, Texas

printed by Curt Teich Co, Chicago, Ill
Genuine Curteich-Chicago "C.T. Art-Colortone" linen post card 3A-H1501
printed in 1933

Construction of the bridge took place in the 1920s, with the port officially opening for business in September of 1926. The narrowness of the channel and the disruption to automobile traffic brought about by the raising of the bridge led to its eventual replacement with high level Harbor Bridge, following a long discussion in the early 1950s over whether vehicular traffic should be carried on a high level bridge or through a tunnel under the channel. Old Ironsides (USS Constitution) visited Corpus Christi in 1932 and scraped the side of the Bascule Bridge when entereing the harbor.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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The MapQuest of CC still shows a bridge across the industrial canal at Navigation Blvd. I'm thinking it's the same old bridge. I live in CC and once worked for a short time (5 or 6 years ago) as a contract safety engineer for Oxy Chem at Ingleside and had to cross the harbor bridge 3-4 times a week. Some co-workers regularly used the old bridge to commute to work. Although I've lived here over 15 years, I've never personally had a reason to make that drive. Maybe I should someday.
http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Co...risti&state=TX
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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The MapQuest of CC still shows a bridge across the industrial canal at Navigation Blvd. I'm thinking it's the same old bridge. I live in CC and once worked for a short time (5 or 6 years ago) as a contract safety engineer for Oxy Chem at Ingleside and had to cross the harbor bridge 3-4 times a week. Some co-workers regularly used the old bridge to commute to work. Although I've lived here over 15 years, I've never personally had a reason to make that drive. Maybe I should someday.
MapQuest Maps - Driving Directions - Map
Yeah, its still marked on that map, but if you click the satellite view button, you will see there is no bridge spanning the water.

Now at days the alternate way if the Harbor Bridge is closed is to take the Joe Fulton Corridor which around and behind the refineries.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Yeah, its still marked on that map, but if you click the satellite view button, you will see there is no bridge spanning the water.

Now at days the alternate way if the Harbor Bridge is closed is to take the Joe Fulton Corridor which around and behind the refineries.
I just drove down Navigation Bl a little while ago behind the Valero gas station a little ways. Sadly, there was no bridge. It was blocked off with nothing spanning the channel. I suppose that this is what I remember from long ago.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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If the bridge you are referring to is the "Lift Bridge," then no, that thing was demolished in 2008. I remember crossing it a few times when with I was with my family as a kid.

If you literally mean the Bascule Bridge, from what I've learned online it seems like that one was replaced with the Harbor Bridge in 1959.

Tule Lake Lift Bridge will be removed Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Thanks. My Dad parrotted what you said. The "lift bridge" is the one that I drove on 20 some odd years ago. My dad says that it was one-piece that lifted up and down like an elevator does. The Bascule Bridge was one arm that lifted up and down, demolished when the Harbor Bridge came in.
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