Plaque stolen from historic bridge found
Lewis Stracener of Hearne was working with his road crew in Brazos County when they discovered the plaque. He took it to his wife, Kathy, an avid historian. A call to Milam County Judge Frank Summers gave the Straceners the contacts to get the plaque back home.
Slightly damaged, the plaque is now being refurbished and will soon be mounted again on the historic bridge.
The Texas Department of Transportation in 2006 had scheduled the bridge to be replaced. But because of its historical signifi- cance, the bridge was converted into a pedistrian bridge which stands in salute to the role of iron bridges around the state.
The Milam County Historical Commission plans to sponsor a dedication once the marker is restored, said Lucile Estell, spokesperson.