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Warren Creek Bridge

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Barricaded south approach on CR 103

Photo taken by M C Toyer in October 2014

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BH Photo #300070

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Warren Creek on CR 103
Location
Hamilton County, Texas
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1900
Design
Pin connected Pratt through truss, wood deck and treads, lattice guardrails
Dimensions
Span length: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 100.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.6 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.79103, -98.16679   (decimal degrees)
31°47'28" N, 98°10'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/578879/3517575 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gentrys Mill
Elevation
960 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 090980AA0296001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33077 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2006)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 0.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
21

Update Log 

  • October 10, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Corrected name and description, added photos

Sources 

  • M C Toyer - mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Waring Creek Bridge
Posted December 23, 2012, by Casey Hibler (cjhibler3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

pics of bridge and piers from old cotton belt rail bridge just upstream

Waring Creek Bridge
Posted February 15, 2008, by Micha'el D. Lucas (lawnmowermantx [at] yahoo [dot] com)

For Some Time, C.R. 103 "used" to be an open road.

 

It was later discovered that the Stephenville Texas, North

and South Railway "used" the route or near by the route as

part of the Right Of Way. C.R. 103 as it branched from the

C.R. 101 has a big section of Railroad R.O.W. where it

crosses the Bear and Waring Creek. Most of the "CUT" still

exists today in good condition.

 

Go to S.H. (State Highway) 36 Till you come to Hamilton, TX.

You want to look for Park Road to the Jason Harris Pavillion.

 

Take C.R. 101 North (Called the Old Stepheville Highway) For

about 1 to 5 miles till you come to Allen Quail Run Ranch.

 

You now have found Forensic Evidence of the Old Cotton Belt,

aka Stephenville Texas North and South, aka St Louis

Southwestern Railway used the Tunnel to private property.

 

Proceed Slowly Till you come to a Fork in the Road where

C.R. 103 is. Turn LEFT, and proceed slowly from 10 to 30

mph. It is bumpy and has cattle guards. Look to your left

and notice "another" tunnel, and the high pitched road

mound.

 

Proceed till you get to the 1st bridge which is Bear Creek.

The Bridge still exists yet crumbling apart as a modern

bridge is built with some pavement. Keep going till the old

R.O.W. meets up with the C.R. 103, and then BINGO, you are

NOW ON THE OLD ABANDONED R.O.W. of the Railroad! Notice how

the road was "CUT" and how the road narrowly winds through

on a level Railroad Grade R.O.W.

 

This will go on for at least 1 to 2 miles, till you come to

the end of the ROAD. There it is closed with debris and

various junk with no official sign whatsoever yet beyond

that you can make out the R.O.W.

 

Turn around, head back to S.H. 36 via C.R. 103, and

turn RIGHT on C.R. 101 till you get back to the Jason

Harris Pavillion, and turn RIGHT on Park Road, follow it

till you get back to S.H. 36, turn RIGHT at the sign, till

you head West toward C.R. 106.

 

Turn RIGHT on C.R. 106 and Proceed till you get to C.R.

103, and then turn RIGHT on the "WEST-HALF" of C.R. 103.

A sign will say "BRIDGE OUT" but keep going for a few

hundred yards. You will notice abandoned buildings and some

straight and level dirt mounds, congradulations, you found

the remains of the Abandoned R.O.W to Comanche, Gustine,

Lamkin, and Eidson. (The Abandoned Town of Springtown.)

 

Proceed "EAST" on C.R. 103 till you see off on your right,

more abandoned R.O.W. and the road ends with a huge mound

of Dirt in front of the Waring Creek Bridge. That Bridge is

closed since back in 2000/200? ??? The Bridge IS VERY VERY

UNSAFE DANGEROUS AND RICKETY!! DO NOT ATTEMPT AT ALL TO GO

ON OR EVEN WALK ON THE BRIDGE. THE PLANKS ARE ROTTED! That

is the "REMAINS" OF C.R. 103!

 

TURN Your Car Around and Head back the way you came, and

Head West till you come to a stop. Turn Left to Go back to

S.H. 36. (Turning Right will get you lost if you don't know

the area, or don't have an Official County Road Map of

Hamilton, TX)

 

Thank You! Have a Safe and Enjoyable Trip! :)