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This is the extant concrete south abutment for the Texas Electric Railway.
There are other extant cut limestone abutments on the railroad.
The old through truss looks like the typical Phoenix-built Pratts the SP loved to use.
The railroad was constructed ca 1872-1873 for the Houston and Texas Central to connect Dallas with the MKT at Red River. I suspect the 1914 bridge was built on the original stone abutments when the line was upgraded.
Right next to this bridge the Texas Electric Railway crossed the creek on a pony truss on concrete abutments built about 1908. The Interurban bridge was removed when operations ceased about 1945.
This ca 1910 postcard view is facing south.
More than likely the latter. Railroads reused substructures all the time.
It seems odd to have stone abutments and/or piers on a bridge of 1914. Cement had been standard for at least a decade.
Two ideas. This bridge could have been moved from another location and placed on existing stone work or this bridge could be a replacement for another earlier one on this site.
Thank you for posting this information for all to find! I went to this bridge today looking for history and was amazed at the limestone at the base and the size of the blocks. Not knowing anything about the bridge then, it is nice to now know some of its history thanks to this article. Thanks again!