Drawing of Hammett's Crossing in 1880


The road leading to "Hammitt's (sic) improved" crossing of the Pedernales River, near West Cave, sketched by Hermann Lungkwitz, ca. 1880.

Elnora Neumann and Florene Bond, standing on the recently flooded Hammett's Crossing bridge on the last day of school in 1934. Local lore has it that Travis County, strapped for cash at the time (sound familiar?), took up a collection in the neighborhood in order to fund the construction of the bridge in 1924-25. Elnora's dad, Arthur Neumann, along with other local folks, contributed so their kids could more easily cross the river to get to school. The men of the neighborhood also participated in the building of the bridge, hauling buckets of cement down to the river by hand. That's dedication.

Here's what the bridge looked like back in 1952 (same as it looked when it was finished in 1925). Anyone who can tell us who the bathing beauty is wins a free swim in the Pedernales.

And here's what it looked like April 22nd, 2004. Hasn't changed much, eh? Let's keep it that way.

The story goes that when it was completed, the neighbors all got together and had a picnic on the bridge. What say we celebrate the anniversary of that picnic with a picnic of our own every year? Anyone game? Let us know.


Hammett's Crossing flooded 6-23-04
Here is Hammett's Crossing Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004 at about 7:30 AM.
And here it was June 23rd at 1:20 PM, with a little water on the bridge.

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Here is what Hammett's Crossing looked like on Thursday, May 10th 2004 at about 6:00 PM.
Yes, that was an EMS truck over on the other side. I hope they were just sightseeing, not needed for an emergency over here.

Hammett's Crossing flooded 4/7/04 Rapids above Hammett'e Crossing 8/16/03
Here's the bridge on April 7th, 2004. Here is my Grandson Zac, playing in the rapids above Hammett's Crossing on August 16th, 2003.
Here was Hammett's Crossing Sunday, October 3rd, 2004 at about 9:30 AM. Note the piles of debris on the far side of the bridge left by the over-night flooding. View archived flood pix on the Hammett's Crossing page.

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