Barricaded south approach on CR 103
Photo taken by M C Toyer in October 2014
BH Photo #300070
pics of bridge and piers from old cotton belt rail bridge just upstream
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
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
Thank You! Have a Safe and Enjoyable Trip! :)