Faust Street Bridge
Fees per 2 hour time block: Resident $75.00, Non-Resident $172.50
*Please note: The Faust Street Bridge must remain open to the public during rentals.
To make a reservation please call 830-221-4350.
Faust Street Bridge Rental Information
Special Use Permits
Ownership and History:
1887—Bridge was built by King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio. The total cost of the bridge was $33,269.
—The bridge crosses the Guadalupe River. Driving livestock across
bridge was prohibited; however, it carried horse-drawn carriages and
wagon traffic going from Austin to San Antonio.
—The bridge was the first major toll-free bridge in the state. This was a
demonstration to the county’s prosperity and civic-mindedness.
1917—Bridge was designated as State Highway 2 for vehicle traffic. It was two-way but
only wide enough for one car, so cars had to wait for each other to get
1934—Highway department completed a new concrete highway bridge so Faust St.
Bridge was used just by local traffic.
1947—a pedestrian walkway was added.
1978—the bridge was closed by the city. Vandals set fire to the center which caused the bridge to lose some of its strength. It was unsafe for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
October 28, 1993—a statewide transportation enhancement program, based on the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, wanted to help restore historical structures. Efforts began to restore the bridge. The state paid 80% and the county paid $90,000 for the repairs.
October 1998—the bridge was re-opened. It took 9 months and $450,000 to repair the 640 foot long bridge. There is now parking at the South entrance and it used for pedestrian traffic only.
—this bridge is considered an engineering accomplishment for its time. It is called a multiple span Whipple truss roadway bridge and there are only six remaining in the country. Out of those six, Faust St. Bridge is the only one remaining in its original location.