Crews employed by the Works Progress Administration build the Highway 16 bridge located below Morris Sheppard Dam in the 1940 to 1942 time frame.
Crews employed by the Works Progress Administration build the Highway 16 bridge located below Morris Sheppard Dam in the 1940 to 1942 time frame. (Texas Department of Transportation Courtesy)
The Highway 16 National Register nomination will be heard at a State Board of Review meeting set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chandor Gardens in Weatherford. The work to preserve the stretch of highway has been undertaken by the Palo Pinto County Historical Commission. "The nominated 8.4-mile segment of SH 16 is located in Palo Pinto County, Texas," the 75-page nomination document reads. "It is east of Possum Kingdom Lake, north of the town of Brad, and west of the town of Graford. The nominated section of SH 16 extends from Brackeen Drive to SH 254. "Constructed between 1940 and 1942, the 8.4-mile segment was part of a larger 27.75-mile-long WPA project. The roadway provided an all-weather transportation facility between the eastern side of Possum Kingdom Lake, US 180 to the south of the lake, and US 281 east of the lake in northwestern Palo Pinto County. The nominated segment of SH 16 winds through a rural area characterized by hills and valleys and scattered ranches and wooded areas. The two-lane roadway exhibits superior masonry workmanship in its culverts, guard wall, and the masonry arch bridge over the Brazos River. With only minor roadway widening and damage to some of the masonry components, the nominated segment of SH 16 and its contributing masonry features retain a high level of integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.

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" The designation nomination relates to the construction characteristics of the bridge, retaining wall on Kimberlin Mountain and culverts along the highway.