Chris Cates

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Email: chriscates1 [at] hotmail [dot] com

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Mosier Valley Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)

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Jackson Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)

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MKT - Chambers Creek Bridge (Ellis County, Texas)

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Old Handley Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)

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Recent Updates 

Texas Electric - Mill Creek Bridge (Ellis County, Texas)
Abandoned deck girder bridge over Mill Creek on Texas Electric Railway
May 2, 2015: New photos
Great Southwest - Gravel Pit Trestle (Tarrant County, Texas)
Abandoned bridge over Old gravel pits
December 21, 2014: Added
Texas Electric - Culvert (Near Abbott) (Hill County, Texas)
Abandoned concrete culvert over Creek on Texas Electric Railway
November 30, 2014: Added
UP - Forest Edge Drive Trestle (Tarrant County, Texas)
Timber stringer bridge over Forest Edge Drive on Union Pacific Railroad
November 23, 2014: Added
DART - Little Bear Creek Trestle (Tarrant County, Texas)
Timber stringer bridge over Little Bear Creek on Cotton Belt Trail
November 23, 2014: Added
Eagle Ford Bridge #1 (Dallas County, Texas)
Bridge over Delaware Creek
November 19, 2014: Updated by Chris Cates: Added category "Open to pedestrians"
Eagle Ford Bridge #1 (Dallas County, Texas)
Bridge over Delaware Creek
November 18, 2014: Added
Texas Electric - Mill Creek Bridge (Ellis County, Texas)
Abandoned deck girder bridge over Mill Creek on Texas Electric Railway
November 16, 2014: Updated by Chris Cates: Reentered correct information showing Texas Electric.
MKT - Houston Creek Bridge (Ellis County, Texas)
Slab bridge over Houston Creek on Abandoned Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
November 9, 2014: Added
I&GN - Highway 77 Overpass (Ellis County, Texas)
Lost Bridge on Mosley Street
November 9, 2014: Added
UP - North West Street Overpass (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge on North West Street
November 9, 2014: Added
UP - Collard Street Overpass (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge over Collard Street
November 9, 2014: Added
UP - Riverside Drive Overpass (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge over Riverside Drive
November 9, 2014: Added
Trammel Davis Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Abandoned bridge over Trinity River on Trammel Davis.
October 24, 2014: Added
Witten Road Bridge (Ellis County, Texas)
Abandoned bridge over Unnamed creek on Old railroad grade
October 24, 2014: Added
MKT - Richard Creek Tributary Bridge (Hill County, Texas)
Abandoned Timber stringer bridge over Unnamed creek on Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
October 24, 2014: Added
Alemeda Street Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge on Alemeda Street
October 22, 2014: Added
Northern Texas Traction - Forest Edge Drive Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Lost Bridge over Forest Edge Drive on Northern Texas Traction Co.
October 22, 2014: Added
MKT - Chambers Creek Bridge (Ellis County, Texas)
Abandoned Concrete deck girder bridge over Chambers Creek
October 22, 2014: Added
Texas Electric - Mill Creek Bridge (Ellis County, Texas)
Abandoned deck girder bridge over Mill Creek on Texas Electric Railway
October 22, 2014: Added
Greenbelt Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Lost Bridge on Greenbelt Road
September 28, 2014: Added
Bedford Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge over Little Bear Creek on Bedford Road
September 28, 2014: Added
Sycamore Park Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Sycamore Creek on Pedestrian Pathway
September 28, 2014: New photos
Jackson Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge over Little Bear Creek Tributary on Jackson Road
September 28, 2014: Added
Jackson Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge over Little Bear Creek on Jackson Road
September 28, 2014: Added
East Glade Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge on East Glade Road
September 28, 2014: Added
Old Handley Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Abandoned bridge on Old Handley Road
September 28, 2014: Added
East Glade Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge over Big Bear Creek on East Glade Road
September 28, 2014: Added
Heritage Avenue Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge over Little Bear Creek
September 28, 2014: Added
Calloway Cemetery Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Culvert on Calloway Cemetery Road
September 28, 2014: Added
Mosier Valley Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Bridge on Mosier Valley Road over Hurricane Creek
September 28, 2014: Added
MKT - Mill Creek Bridge (Ellis County, Texas)
Abandoned Polygonal Warren pony truss bridge over Mill Creek on MKT Railroad
September 27, 2014: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted September 4, 2015

This is exactly the reason I do not contribute to this site anymore. I enjoy going out and looking for old bridges and other infrastructure...that's it. While I'm sure the bridges I've posted are "beneath the concern" of the handful of bridge gurus on this site, I really didn't care at first, but this is getting old. All the guy did was ask for help on locating a bridge in the Detroit area.

Speaking of the Detroit area, my grandfather moved to Detroit after World War II and would frequently take trips out in the country to Macomb County. Back then, places like Rochester, Utica and Romeo were nothing; just little towns that the railroad occasionally passed through, and horse country (in fact, up until the late 90's there were still some old stables located in Rochester, near the big blue water tower and Grand Trunk off Avon Road, but those are gone now). My grandfather enjoyed bridges as well and would take photos of them when out in the country hunting. Bridges off Card Road while still in use, 27 Mile Road, Romeo Plank near the old dam, Waldenburg Road over the Clinton (which is 22 Mile Road), Runyon Road/Tienken (25 Mile Road), the original bridge at 23 Mile and Romeo Plank before the current 1950's one, etc. Most of the bridges are long gone and totally forgotten. Luckily, he wrote the date and road on the back of the photos. Most of the bridges aren't listed on this site and, judging by the photos, were ready to collapse at any moment. I could go on and on about undocumented bridges in Macomb County, but I won't, no need to. Like Bob Dylan said, "I'll keep it with mine.".

I posted some generic WPA bridges some time back, and a few railroad bridges as well, but all are in Texas. I was tempted to post the Macomb County bridge photos on this site, but, after reading how people are treated, I declined. We all cannot be "experts" on all things bridges and most of us just enjoy the search and taking photographs. What's sad is that the majority of the people on this site are just like me, they ENJOY bridges, they do not care or know about the engineering of bridge construction in 1903, they just want to see old bridges. While the passion for construction and design is great, it's the way it is presented that is the issue. While the need for editing is necessary to update a design or wrong coordinates, it gets out of hand when someone posts a bridge that, say, for 80 years carried the Katy, and they call it something like "Smith Bridge" because that's what the locals call it and have always called it. Then someone from Minnesota jumps in and states that it is a light commuter line for the past three years and deletes the old reference and name. The nit-picking of entries is getting very, very old; and I think the site is missing out on some great old information and photos because of it. Too many people are fed up.

Posted November 17, 2014

Great photos and information, Robert. It makes me want to take a trip out to West Virginia....when it gets warmer.

Posted November 16, 2014

It's always a positive when someone actually goes out in the field, climbs through the muck, avoids the rattlesnakes, verifies the location, takes photos, etc.