In the book "McAnelly Bend Drawstrings" by Grace Hollis Puryear (1893-1979) she says on second page "On The Cover:
This is the first of the three EAGLE BRIDGES to span the Colorado River at this point, connecting McAnelly Bend of Lampasas County on the one side and Bend, San Saba County on the other, was built in 1901-2-3 and my father, Jesse W. Hollis, was one among the many who worked on it. Washing away in the flood of 1938, it was followed by another suspension bridge of the same type, which in turn has been replaced, in 1971, but this one is of more modern design.
This picture, taken from the Island, I believe, gives a good view of the wide expanse of the original Eagle Ford at normal water level as I knew it in my childhood. With little use, after the building of the bridges and many floods washing out banks, all signs of a Ford have disappeared. The lane from the Village to the Eagle Ford ran between the Hollis Gin on the south and the Thomas Irwin Hollis home on the north and right by that Jumbo Hollis Pecan Tree down on that second bend, along with the garden and peach orchard. HOW SCENES DO CHANGE WITH THE YEARS !
EAGLE FORD was named by my great-grandfather Robert Marley soon after moving to McAnelly Bend in 1855, when he discovered an eagle's nest high in one of the pecan trees near the Ford. Nearly half a century later when the bridge pictured here was being built, my Grandmother Ella Martin Marley asked the authorities to name it Eagle Bridge, which was done and large metallic eagles were mounted in the superstructure, one at each end. The second suspension bridge also had the eagles and I am sure that if a suitable place has not yet been found for them on the new bridge, one will be. That this suspension bridge with its 260 foot span could qualify as a swinging bridge on a wild, windy day can be testified to, by me, personally."
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