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ATSF - East Clarendon Drive Overpass


looking north

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #289101

Street View 


Extant supports for Santa Fe RR spur over East Clarendon located just east of the partially demolished concrete Texas Electric Oak Cliff Viaduct.


Lost Bridge over East Clarendon Drive on Santa Fe RR
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
Steel stringer
Also called
Santa Fe RR Spur - East Clarendon Drive Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.74834, -96.80290   (decimal degrees)
32°44'54" N, 96°48'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/705845/3625524 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oak Cliff
Inventory number
BH 61885 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (468)
Beam (16,880)
Built 1949 (420)
Built during 1940s (4,233)
Dallas County, Texas (201)
Dallas, Texas (117)
Have street view (28,893)
Lost (28,431)
Railroad (16,455)
Steel stringer (6,712)
Texas (2,903)
Timber stringer (4,318)

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added types based on a May 1959 photograph
  • November 20, 2014: New photo from M C Toyer
  • July 24, 2014: New Street View added by Patrick Feller

Related Bridges 



Texas Electric - East Clarendon Drive Overpass
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 - East Clarendon Drive Overpass
Posted December 8, 2014, by Anonymous

This bridge was 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 a parallel viaduct just west of this bridge. In order to continue rail service to the plant, this 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 this bridge. It should be labeled "Santa Fe Railroad Clarendon Drive Overpass." My recollection is that it was a deck girder 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.

ATSF - East Clarendon Drive Overpass
Posted November 20, 2014, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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.