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Texas Electric - Oak Cliff Viaduct

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Showing demolition at E. Clarendon, looking south

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #289097

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over E. Clarendon Drive, Cedar Creek, and former AT&SF Railway on Former Texas Electric Ry. (orig. Southern Traction Co.)
Location
Oak Cliff, Dallas County, Texas
Status
Abandoned and partially removed
Future prospects
Partially demolished, demolition of section above Clarendon Drive for safety issues due to falling debris. I visited the site July 21, 1914. At Clarendon, the girders have been removed and the supports partially demolished.
History
Built 1913-14, abandoned Sept. 1949; sections have been demolished over time.
Railroads
- Dallas Railway & Terminal Co. (DR&T)
- Interurban
- Northern Texas Traction Co. (NTT)
- Southern Traction Co.
- Texas Electric Railway (TER)
Design
Concrete stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 29.9 ft.
Total length: 720.2 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.74793, -96.80286   (decimal degrees)
32°44'53" N, 96°48'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/705850/3625478 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oak Cliff
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 1805709C3950006 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 59457 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
4,450

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • November 20, 2014: New photos from M C Toyer
  • July 24, 2014: Updated by Patrick Feller: Noted partial demolition at E. Clarendon
  • January 30, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Merged NBI data.
  • January 30, 2014: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

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Texas Electric - Oak Cliff Viaduct
Posted December 9, 2014, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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.

Texas Electric - Oak Cliff Viaduct
Posted December 8, 2014, by Anonymous

Only this concrete viaduct carried the Texas Electric interurban. The bridge to the east was a Santa Fe RR bridge built in 1949 after the Texas Electric interurban was abandoned. The interurban served a Hormel plant a short distance to the north and crossed Clarendon, the Santa Fe RR, and Cedar Creek on this viaduct. In order to continue rail service to the plant, a new bridge was built at a lower elevation to connect to the Santa Fe RR line, which crossed under the interurban a short distance to the south. The interurban line was a single track and never used the Santa Fe bridge.

The segment of the Texas Electric from the Hormel plant to downtown Dallas was the last segment to operate. It survived until September, 1949, nine months after the interurban passenger service was discontinued on December 31, 1948.

Texas Electric - Oak Cliff Viaduct
Posted November 22, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

M C, my first digital camera was the Mavica that took floppies. At the time, I was inspecting microwave tower sites, and the floppies were handy for reports. We won't talk about the resolution with those cameras, will we?

I hope you have better luck with the correct title for these two listings. It might get changed again by... someone.

Did you happen to get photos of the creek crossing? I was on a tight schedule for these two sites.

I might try again next week when I up there to see my daughter and grandson.

Texas Electric - Oak Cliff Viaduct
Posted November 20, 2014, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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.

Texas Electric - Oak Cliff Viaduct
Posted November 20, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

Great information and photos, M C.