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Northern Texas Traction - Chalk Hill Branch Bridge

Photos 

View facing NE

Photo taken by M C Toyer in February 2016

BH Photo #432178

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over halk Hill Branch (Erronously called Mountain Creek) & Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway on Northern Texas Traction Co.
Location
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Status
Abandoned and partially removed
History
Built 1930; Abandoned 1935
Builders
- Stone & Webster of Boston, Massachusetts
- W.F. Merritt of Galveston, Texas (Chief Engineer)
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway (GC&SF)
- Interurban
- Northern Texas Traction Co. (NTT)
- Texas Interurban Railway
Design
Concrete stringer
Dimensions
Total length: 400.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Also called
Northern Texas Traction - Mountain Creek Bridge (Misnomer)
Northern Texas Traction - Mountain Creek Bridge (Misnomer)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.73796, -96.89764   (decimal degrees)
32°44'17" N, 96°53'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/696990/3624192 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Duncanville
Elevation
45 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 67825 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 24, 2018: New photos from M C Toyer
  • July 24, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added information
  • May 28, 2015: New Street View added by Luke

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Comments 

Northern Texas Traction - Chalk Hill Branch Bridge
Posted July 24, 2018, by Luke
Northern Texas Traction - Chalk Hill Branch Bridge
Posted July 24, 2018, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The approximate coordinates of the NTTC bridge over the original Mountain Creek channel are: 32.746831, -96.926902. Road construction and flooding has resulted in the formation of relief channels in the area.

From Dallas the NTTC ran along the median of Jefferson Blvd to the western city limits. After the NTTC ceased operations Jefferson Blvd was extended westward along the abandoned NTTC right of way to the city of Grand Prairie. The dump through the bottoms was about 20 feet high. The postcard view may be this location.

The 1942 newspaper photo is of the Jefferson Blvd bridge which was built to replace the NTTC bridge. Best guess was originally a steel truss or girder but I do not have a photo or details.

Northern Texas Traction - Chalk Hill Branch Bridge
Posted July 24, 2018, by Luke

M.C., do you know the GPS coords for the actual bridge over Mountain Creek?

Northern Texas Traction - Chalk Hill Branch Bridge
Posted July 24, 2018, by Luke

Apparently this bridge is going to become a Texas landmark, albeit with the unfortunate misnomer of being named for a stream well to the west that was crossed by a truss, according to http://phorum.dallashistory.org/read.php?2,92080,92088