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ATSF - Mud Bayou Bridge


Copy-Photo Of 1934 Aerial Photo, View To The East, By The U.S. Army Air Corps, Showing Bridge Tender's Station And Mud Bayou Railway Bridge Under Construction

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #314949


Designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston district between 1933-36 in conjunction with the construction of the Louisiana-Texas (LA-TEX) intracoastal waterway project, the High Island Bridge Tender's Station was built to facilitate the operation of a railway bridge where the Gulf and Interstate Railway Company's line crossed Mud Bayou near High Island. For more than 30 years resident engineers at the station coordinated and carried out the bridge's movement to allow passage of commercial, military and civilian vessels between the Sabine River and Galveston Bay...

-- Historic American Buildings Survey


Lost Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Intracoastal Waterway/Mud Bayou on Santa Fe Railroad (former Gulf & Interstate Railway)
High Island, Galveston County, Texas
Removed but not replaced
Built 1934, lost 1969
- Tellepsen Construction Co. of Houston, Texas (Contractor)
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway (GC&SF)
Warren through truss with all verticals
Also called
ATSF - Intracoastal Waterway Bridge
ATSF - High Island Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.59474, -94.38854   (decimal degrees)
29°35'41" N, 94°23'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/365531/3274685 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
High Island
Inventory number
BH 65827 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 3, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added contractor
  • September 25, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 2, 2015: Added by Ian Martin


  • Ian Martin
  • HABS TX-3404 - High Island Bridge Tender's Station, State Highway 124 Crossing of Mud Bayou, High Island, Galveston County, TX
  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke