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Plaque stolen from historic bridge found

From left, Darlene Anglen, Kathy Stracener and Robert Gaston. Both Anglen and Gaston are long time residents of Gause and avid preservationists. From left, Darlene Anglen, Kathy Stracener and Robert Gaston. Both Anglen and Gaston are long time residents of Gause and avid preservationists. A plaque stolen from the Faubian Bridge, a 1939 structure spanning the Brazos River near the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, has been found by a road crew in Brazos County.

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.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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