By Ginger Lanmon


The Hamilton County Historical Museum's Dove Days celebration set for Sept. 30 will feature family fun and also help the museum raise much-needed funds to preserve Hamilton County's past and protect its future. 

BRIDGE WITH NO NAME - This bridge, which now spans the stream between the Hamilton Historical Museum and its annex, has never been given a name! The Historical Museum is asking for the community's input to do just that. Anyone who has an idea of a fitting name for this historical bridge is asked to submit it to the museum by September 25 by mail (HCHM, P. O. Box 328, Hamilton) email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  or dropping of their information at Lanfranco's store on the north side of the square in Hamilton.  As shown in the picture, the bridge has recently been made handicapped accessible so that everyone can enjoy it. 

A highlight of the day will be a children's parade with kids in historical costumes, and the climax will be dedication of the historical bridge, which was put in its new location exactly one year to the day before the celebration.

The announcement of the name of the bridge, as selected by judges from submissions of the community, will be followed by the grand dedication of the historic bridge. 

The bridge was built on 1906 and took the place of the Durham Toll Bridge as a way to cross the Leon River in the northeast portion of Hamilton County. It is a Warren truss bridge, approximately 90 feet long.

It served as a route for commercial trade and travel for families between Hamilton and Cranfills Gap as well as to the Pecan School that was located near the bridge. 

A prize will be awarded to the winner of the “Name the Bridge” contest, and there will be at least three winners of the children's parade entries. 

Twenty-five dollars will cover entry to the event for individuals, $35 per couple, and kids accompanied by adults are free. Admission includes a barbecue dinner from 4 to 5 p.m. for adults and a free dinner of hotdogs, potato chips and lemonade for the kids. 

There will be free games and prizes for the little ones, arts and crafts on display and available for purchase from local craftsmen and a live band to entertain for the event. 

The community is invited to make plans to be a part of this exciting celebration. Adults should bring lawn chairs for their comfort and to get costumes together and enter the kids in the parade. Kids just need to show up in historical costume the day of the event to participate in the parade.  

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