[Construction of Pontoon Bridge]

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Photograph of a pontoon bridge being constructed across the Rio Grande near present day Ascarate Park (lower valley of El Paso) in June 1919. This photo was taken around the last Battle of Juarez (June 15-16, 1919). Soldiers can be seen maneuvering pontoons in the Rio Grande toward the bridge site. On the left side of the photo, soldiers are laying planks across the pontoons.

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1 photograph : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.

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Aultman, Otis A. June 1919.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2009 and was provided by El Paso Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 161 times . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Photograph of a pontoon bridge being constructed across the Rio Grande near present day Ascarate Park (lower valley of El Paso) in June 1919. This photo was taken around the last Battle of Juarez (June 15-16, 1919). Soldiers can be seen maneuvering pontoons in the Rio Grande toward the bridge site. On the left side of the photo, soldiers are laying planks across the pontoons.

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1 photograph : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.

Notes

Colonel Selah R. H. "Tommy" Tompkins led the 2nd Cavalry Brigade across three bridges, including this one, into Mexico during the 1919 Battle of Juarez to disperse both revolutionary and federal forces after rifle shots hit the El Paso Stockyards Building, the army's artillery command headquarters at the time. The 2nd Cavalry Brigade crossed the Rio Grande at three fords: San Lorenzo, Senecu, and Zambrano. The pontoon bridge being constructed in the photo more than likely was located at or near the ford of Senecu, as Senecu is said to have been across Ascarate.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2009

Photographs, oral histories, artwork, letters, and more. These more than 5,000 items give a glimpse into the diverse people that have called Texas home over the years. Funding provided by the Summerlee Foundation.

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  • June 1919

Added to The The Portal to Texas History

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 7:38 p.m.

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  • Oct. 29, 2013, 12:42 p.m.

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Aultman, Otis A. [Construction of Pontoon Bridge], photograph, June 1919; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth63368/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting El Paso Public Library.