Thanksgiving occurs during the month of November and places an emphasis on counting our blessings. We are reminded often to give thanks for things that have made our lives better. When I remember three or more bridges in the Humble area, I become very thankful. I know being thankful for bridges may sound silly until you are aware of the reasons for my thanks.

The first bridge, for which I am thankful, opened on the west side of Humble in 1982. Tetter Road was approximately four miles west of Humble on FM 1960. There were a few houses along this road as well as Tetter Cemetery, which is where many of the early settlers of Humble are buried. One could drive to the cemetery, but not farther north. Cypress Creek runs just north of the cemetery and there was no bridge over the creek. When the bridge was built, the road was renamed Cypresswood Drive. The bridge opened the development which is on the north side of the creek to the residents of the south side. Since the bridge opened, the property along Cypresswood Drive has blossomed with houses and businesses. The bridge was a welcome addition to the community.

My sons were in high school during the 1980s when the second bridge which I remember was built. We lived in Eastex Oaks, which is just east of Old Humble Road and south of Beltway 8 (North Belt at the time). To get to Humble High School on Wilson Road, we had to drive north on Old Humble Road to Will Clayton, McDugald Road or another street that intersected with Wilson Road. Sometimes my sons had friends who lived in North Belt Forest, a subdivision on Wilson Road, just south of Garners Bayou. There was no bridge over the bayou. Therefore, if we were going to take one of their friends to school or to an event in Humble, we had to take North Belt to Wilson Road, get the friend, drive back to North Belt, then to Old Humble Road, and then to a street that connected with Wilson Road. Over time the trip added many extra miles and hours of driving to our commutes. But, we couldn’t cross the bayou. There was rejoicing in our home when the bridge over Garners Bayou opened in 1988; we could now drive north on Wilson Road to Humble High School. Every member of my family was very thankful for that bridge.

Another bridge which was an important addition in our area is the bridge over San Jacinto River on West Lake Houston Parkway. Until the bridge over the San Jacinto River was completed, the residents who wanted to travel to Kingwood from Atascocita, or from Atascocita to Kingwood, had to drive all the way to Hwy 59 in order to get to locations which were north or south in the area. Miles and hours were added to their drives.

A big Grand Opening celebration was held when the bridge over the San Jacinto River on West Lake Houston Parkway opened in 1992. Residents finally had a much shorter route to and from Kingwood and Atascocita.

Of course, each one of the residents and visitors to the Humble area are grateful for the McKay Bridges which cross Lake Houston on FM 1960 East. However, as a child, I enjoyed the drive across the San Jacinto River on the Low Water Bridge. If the water was over the bridge, we were able to play in it. Better bridges across the water were built when Lake Houston opened in the late 1950s, and the McKay Bridges which were built in 1988 were higher, wider and provided a safe passage over the water.

I have mentioned just four of the hundreds of bridges in the greater Lake Houston area for which I am thankful. Happy Thanksgiving, and may we all give thanks for the bridges and other additions throughout our area which have created a better place for each one of us to live.

Julia Nation grew up in the Humble area and taught for more than 30 years. Email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Julia Nation
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Julia Nation grew up in the Humble area and taught for more than 30 years. Email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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