M C Toyer

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Email: mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com

Recent Updates 

Little Mineral Creek Bridge (Grayson County, Texas)
Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge on Park Trail
July 11, 2016: New photos
South Llano River Bridge (Kimble County, Texas)
Through truss bridge over South Llano River on Loop 481 in Junction
November 29, 2015: New photo
South Llano River Bridge (Kimble County, Texas)
Through truss bridge over South Llano River on Loop 481 in Junction
November 28, 2015: New photo
Iron Ore Creek Bridge (Grayson County, Texas)
Warren pony truss bridge formerly over Iron Ore Creek on County Road 597
November 23, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Adjusted location and added photos
ATSF - East Clarendon Drive Overpass (Dallas County, Texas)
Lost Bridge over East Clarendon Drive on Santa Fe RR
November 20, 2014: New photo
Texas Electric - Oak Cliff Viaduct (Dallas County, Texas)
Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over E. Clarendon Drive, Cedar Creek, and former AT&SF Railway on Former Texas Electric Ry. (orig. Southern Traction Co.)
November 20, 2014: New photos
Texas Interurban Railway - East Fork Trinity River Bridge (Kaufman County, Texas)
Lost Bridge over East Fork Trinity River on Texas Interurban Railway
November 14, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Corrected location and identification
MKT - Hog Creek Bridge (Ellis County, Texas)
Abandoned bridge over Hog Creek on MKT Railroad
November 13, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Corrected
Dallas-Oak Cliff Viaduct (Dallas County, Texas)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Trinity River on Houston Street in Dallas
October 30, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: add history and vintage photograph
Dallas-Oak Cliff Viaduct (Dallas County, Texas)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Trinity River on Houston Street in Dallas
October 30, 2014: New photo
WBT&S - White Rock Creek Bridge (Trinity County, Texas)
Lost Pratt through truss railroad bridge over White Rock Creek on Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine Railway
October 30, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: added description, history and vintage photo
Forest Avenue Bridge (Dallas County, Texas)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Trinity River on Forest Avenue Road
October 30, 2014: Added
Westmoreland Bridge (Dallas County, Texas)
Steel stringer bridge over Trinity River on Westmoreland Road / Hike and Bike Trail
October 30, 2014: Added
Shady Grove Bridge (Dallas County, Texas)
Lost Concrete stringer bridge over Elm Fork Trinity River on Shady Grove Road / Irving Boulevard / SH 356
October 30, 2014: Added
Continental Avenue Bridge (Dallas County, Texas)
Viaduct over Trinity River on Continental Avenue
October 29, 2014: New Street View added
Continental Avenue Bridge (Dallas County, Texas)
Viaduct over Trinity River on Continental Avenue
October 29, 2014: Added
Cadiz Street Viaduct (Dallas County, Texas)
Viaduct over Trinity River on I-35 Northbound / Cadiz Street
October 29, 2014: New Street View added
Cadiz Street Viaduct (Dallas County, Texas)
Viaduct over Trinity River on I-35 Northbound / Cadiz Street
October 29, 2014: Added
Corinth Street Viaduct (Dallas County, Texas)
Viaduct over Trinity River and Corinth Street
October 29, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Added NBI data, designer and history
Commerce Street Viaduct (Dallas County, Texas)
Viaduct over Trinity River on West Commerce Street
October 29, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Add NBI data, designer and history
Belknap Street Viaduct (Tarrant County, Texas)
Steel stringer bridge over BNSF, UP and Southern Pacific Railroads on Belknap Street
October 29, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Bridge replaced in 2000 by Texas Department of Transportation
Albright Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over West Fork Trinity River on County Road
October 29, 2014: Added
East 1st Street Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Deck plate girder bridge over West Fork Trinity River on East 1st Street
October 29, 2014: New Street View added
East 1st Street Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Deck plate girder bridge over West Fork Trinity River on East 1st Street
October 29, 2014: Added
TRE - West Fork Trinity River Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Railroad bridge over Trinity River in Fort Worth Texas
October 28, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: added design details, measurements and photos.
Old Handley Road Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Abandoned bridge on Old Handley Road
October 22, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: deleted erroneous "rails to road" and "railroad" categories
TRE - West Fork Trinity River Bridge (Tarrant County, Texas)
Railroad bridge over Trinity River in Fort Worth Texas
October 22, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Added category "Chicago Rock Island and Gulf RR (CRI&G)"
TRE - Old Channel Elm Fork Trinity River Bridge (Dallas County, Texas)
Lattice through truss bridge over the old channel of Trinity River on Trinity Railway Express
October 22, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Added category "Chicago Rock Island and Gulf RR (CRI&G)"
Kiamichi - Sulphur Creek Trestle (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sulphur Creek on Kiamichi Railroad / Formerly Frisco RR
October 16, 2014: New Street View added
Kiamichi - Sulphur Creek Trestle (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sulphur Creek on Kiamichi Railroad / Formerly Frisco RR
October 16, 2014: Added
Kiamichi - Valiant Road Overpass (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Slab bridge over Valiant Road / E2078 / Old US Hwy 70 on Kiamichi RR
October 16, 2014: Added
UP - River Road Overpass (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Concrete stringer bridge over River Road on UP RR / former MKT RR
October 16, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: corrected location, added details and photos
UP - River Road Overpass (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Concrete stringer bridge over River Road on UP RR / former MKT RR
October 16, 2014: Added
Hickory Creek Bridge (Love County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Hickory Creek on OK 32
October 15, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Bridge has been replaced
Sulphur Creek Bridge (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Steel stringer bridge over Sulphur Creek on US Highway 70
October 14, 2014: Added, corrected location, added details and photos
Kiamichi - Arkansas Street Overpass (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Concrete slab Kiamichi Railroad overpass of West Arkansas Street / old US Highway 70
October 14, 2014: Corrected location, added details and photos
Mineral Bayou Creek Bridge (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Steel stringer bridge over Mineral Bayou Creek on Old US Highway 70 / East Main Street
October 14, 2014: Corrected location, added details and photos
Caddo Creek Bridge (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Pratt through truss bridge over Caddo Creek on old US Highway 70
October 14, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Corrected location, added details and photos
Blue River Bridge (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Pratt through truss bridge over Blue River on old US Highway 70
October 14, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Corrected location, added details and photos
Webb Creek Bridge (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Warren pony truss bridge over Webb Creek on Hendrix Road
October 12, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Corrected location, added details and photos
Webb Creek Bridge (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Warren pony truss bridge over Webb Creek on Hendrix Road
October 12, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Corrected location, added details and photos
Brown Creek Bridge (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Concrete culvert bridge over Brown Creek on Yarnaby Road (N 3800)
October 12, 2014: Added
Sand Creek Bridge (Bryan County, Oklahoma)
Pony truss bridge over Sand Creek on River Road
October 12, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Corrected location, added design details, added photos
Cliff Road / Little Glasses Creek (Marshall County, Oklahoma)
Concrete stringer bridge over Little Glasses Creek on Cliff Road (D3538)
October 12, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Edit description
Rooster Creek Bridge (Marshall County, Oklahoma)
Parker through truss bridge over Rooster Creek on Texoma Park Road
October 12, 2014: Added
Warren Creek Bridge (Hamilton County, Texas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Warren Creek on CR 103
October 10, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Corrected name and description, added photos
Bear Creek Bridge (Hamilton County, Texas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Bear Creek on CR 103
October 10, 2014: New photos
North Bell Street Bridge / Culvert (Hamilton) (Hamilton County, Texas)
Slab bridge over Branch of Pecan Creek on North Bell Street
October 10, 2014: Added
East Henry Street Bridge (Hamilton) (Hamilton County, Texas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pecan Creek on East Henry Street
October 10, 2014: Added
Pecan Creek Bridge (Hamilton) (Hamilton County, Texas)
Steel stringer bridge over Pecan Creek on Main Street / SH 36
October 10, 2014: New Street View added

Recent Comments 

Posted January 8, 2016

Photo of the 1939 bridge under construction with the original 1901 bridge still in place.

Source / Caption:

The Knox County Historical Commission hosted a historical bridge marker dedication on Saturday, October 17th.

The ceremony was on the south side of the Brazos River Bridge on SH 6 between Benjamin and Knox City. The bridge was constructed in 1938-1939 to replace the original truss bridge built in 1901. It is one of only four of its type built in Texas and the design of what engineers call the “top cord” is unique in the state. The bridge project was officially completed on March 16, 1939, at a cost of about $138,000. It is listed in the National Bridge Registry.

Posted November 21, 2015

This bridge and the through truss to the east were on the old Texas Central / MKT Railroad, not a highway. Both are on private property and have been converted to a ranch road.

Posted November 21, 2015

This bridge and the pony truss to the west were on the old Texas Central / MKT Railroad, not a highway. Both are on private property and have been converted to a ranch road.

Posted November 6, 2015

Albert -

That bridge has a long history of destruction, damage and repair.

The derailment was in the mid 1950s (I have a detailed account and photos) and damaged the southernmost through truss which was replaced by the pair of deck plate girders there now. The girders have a builder's plate dated 1911. I don't know where they were originally but from about 1940 to 1955 were located on Shawnee Creek on the now abandoned spur used in construction Denison Dam and the powerhouse.

The debris below the northernmost through truss was from attempt to prevent the bridge washing away in a major flood in 1915 where several cars were loaded with coal and placed on the bridge.

In the spring of 1908 the three southernmost through trusses were completely destroyed by flooding and replaced by the mismatched set, only two of which now remain. The two northernmost through trusses survived the 1908 flood but the concrete piers and northernmost abutment were rebuilt about 1916/17. There is a date embossed on the underside.

At low water you can see the cut stones of the original piers.

The original bridge was completed in 1872 and I have a couple of photos attributed to it. About 1890 it was completely rebuilt and raised several feet.

Posted September 13, 2015

Shannon -

The east end where Hatchel turns off FM 455 is marked private driveway but I've never tried to enter and ask permission.

The west end has a locked gate on the old road grade, which is a couple of hundred yards from the bridge itself.

According to Denton County the old roadway and the bridge are still county property. The gate and private drive sign were likely done by the adjacent property owners.

Just east of where the west end of the old road merges with the present FM 455 is an unfenced field. I just walked across it and through the woods along the creek toward the bridge and found an unlocked gate about 50 yards from the bridge and then walked the rest of the way on the old road.

There has been some recent road repairs or utility construction in the vicinity so the gate may be open now.

Go before deer season and be sure to smile for the game cameras.

Lally Column
Posted August 30, 2015

Seen on a 1910 Warren Pony Truss washed out in May 2013 flooding.

How common, or unusual, or unheard of is it to have a timber pier within a concrete filled steel lally column?

Posted August 24, 2015

As far as I can tell the extant stone piers are not at the same location as the cable stayed bridge in the vintage photo.

Maps of the 1900-1925 era show a "wire bridge" on another road connecting Lewisville and Little Elm. That location was inundated when present Lake Lewisville was expanded from the original Lake Dallas in the mid 1950s.

Posted February 13, 2015

Patrick -

The concrete abutments west of the extant railroad bridge are actually from the Dallas and Denison Interurban, Texas Electric Railway, which generally ran parallel to the H&TC.

Posted February 13, 2015

Patrick -

The concrete abutments west of the extant railroad bridge are actually from the Dallas and Denison Interurban, Texas Electric Railway, which generally ran parallel to the H&TC.

Posted December 9, 2014

Thank you for the correction. On closer inspection of the TER track charts I see now see the double track that ended before crossing Clarendon, Cedar Creek, and the Santa FE RR then resumed resumed afterwards branched to the west rather than the east of the 1912 concrete viaduct. Also aerial views of the extant Santa Fe pilings on the east side of the TER show they began to veer southeasterly and there appear to be remnants of another bridge / trestle along the creek bank.

Posted December 9, 2014

Thank you for the correction. On closer inspection of the TER track charts I see now see the double track that ended before crossing Clarendon, Cedar Creek, and the Santa FE RR then resumed resumed afterwards branched to the west rather than the east of the 1912 concrete viaduct. Also aerial views of the extant Santa Fe pilings on the east side of the TER show they began to veer southeasterly and there appear to be remnants of another bridge / trestle along the creek bank.

Posted November 20, 2014

Thanks Patrick. Photos from an old Sony Mavica, so not too good. The old grade and trestles were our playgrounds in the 1950s. No danger from passing Interurbans but we were warned about flying kites near or climbing on the high power line towers which were built along the right of way afterwards.

Posted November 20, 2014

Patrick - These concrete pilings / bridge supports were part of the Texas Electric Railway double track crossing Clarendon. The old Santa Fe RR ran roughly parallel to Clarendon south of Cedar Creek.

The old Santa Fe Trinity River trestle and bridge crossed about a mile below the Texas Electric Railway bridge then the tracks turned southwest crossing under the TER bridge.

DART acquired the right of way of both the Santa Fe and TER. They built a new Trinity River bridge next to the Santa Fe which has been converted to a walk and bike trail.

Where the Santa Fe previously passed under the TER the DART tracks now split; one line continuing southwest to the Zoo and Westmoreland stations on the old Santa Fe ROW and the other south to the Lancaster station along the old TER ROW.

Posted November 14, 2014

The lost interurban bridge on the East Fork Trinity River was on the Texas Interurban Railway Company line between Dallas and Terrell. Texas Electric Railway was a separate company with different ownership.

The extant pilings of the interurban bridge are located south of the abandoned and derelict Warren truss highway bridge.

Posted November 13, 2014

The bridge you have mapped and described was on the Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad, not the Texas Electric Railway (Interurban).

The remains of the Texas Electric Railway bridge can be seen on the aerial view between the MKT and US Highway 77.