Old Galveston Causeway
Photo taken by Nathan Morton in February 2011
BH Photo #193872
Auto and rail causeway. Now rail traffic only. Original railroad owner was Gould Lines, Harriman Lines & Santa Fe.
The original bascule span was reportedly completed in 1911 by Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company. It had two standard railroad tracks and the interurban track that also doubled as the automobile crossing.
A new single track 124’-5” length bascule span was opened in 1988 and the 1911 bascule was removed.
The 1988 Bascule span was replaced with modern 383' lift bridge in 2012. The 1988 bascule was sold, reconditioned and moved to Petaloma CA
- Modern lift bridge with concrete arch approach spans over Galveston Bay on BNSF Railway (and former highway)
- Galveston, Galveston County, Texas
- Open to railroad traffic only
- Built 1912, Original Bascule replaced in 1987; 1987 bascule span replaced in 2012 by a lift span
- - A.M. Blodgett of Kansas City, Missouri (1912 Arch Contractor)
- American Bridge Co. of New York (1987 Bascule Design/Erection)
- Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC of Birmingham, Alabama (2012 Lift Span General Contractor)
- Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield, Maine (2012 Lift Span General Contractor)
- Concrete-Steel Engineering Co. of New York, New York (1912 Bridge Engineer)
- Middlesex Companies of Littleton, Massachusetts (2012 Lift Span Designer)
- Modjeski & Masters of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
- Penn Bridge Co. of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (1912 Bascule Fabricator)
- Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Co. of Des Moines, Iowa & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (As PDM Structural Group; Orange, Texas Plant; 1987 Bascule Fabricator)
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (1912 Bascule Design)
- US Steel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Chicago Engineering Office; 1987 Bascule Designer)
- William Mueser of Moers, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Engineer)
- - Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Galveston-Houston Electric Railway (G&HE)
- Modern welded through truss lift main channel span with concrete closed-spandrel arch approach spans.
Length of largest span: 383.0 ft.
Total length: 7,930.0 ft. (1.5 mi.)
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1976
- Also called
- Great Causeway
ATSF - Old Galveston Causeway
BNSF - Old Galveston Causeway
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +29.29736, -94.88624 (decimal degrees)
29°17'50" N, 94°53'10" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/316791/3242407 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Virginia Point
- 8 ft. above sea level
- Inventory numbers
- NRHP 76002028 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 48174 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- September 10, 2018: Updated by Brad Smith: Length of longest span
- August 20, 2018: Updated by Luke: Corrected 1987 bascule fabrictor)
- December 21, 2016: New photo from Dave King
- February 5, 2016: New photos from Luke
- December 6, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builders per forum comment
- May 28, 2015: Updated by Luke: Reverted name back to Old Galveston Causeway
- May 19, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
- March 16, 2015: New photo from Luke
- February 14, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Laced endposts" based on photograph of the original drawspan.
- April 23, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
- July 4, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Noted that the Scherzer bascule was replaced in 1989
- January 14, 2013: Photo imported by Luke Harden
- June 8, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added lift span builders
- June 8, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder, span length, original owner, corrected span designations.
- March 18, 2012: Updated by Craig Philpott: refined description and details.
- January 4, 2012: Updated by Jason Straub: updated NRHP info
- February 18, 2011: Added by Nathan Morton
- Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Nathan Holth
- Flickr - Gallery of Photos Showing Span Replacement
- Douglas Butler
- Houston Streetcar History Page - Image of an Interuban car crossing the original drawbridge
- Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
- Brad Smith - gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com