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SP - Rowlett Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Patrick Feller

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DART may eventually expand further north to connect Mckinney with Dallas to reduce increasing congestion on US-75


Pratt through truss bridge over Rowlett Creek on DART
Allen, Collin County, Texas
Future prospects
DART Expansion
Built 1914
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Houston & Texas Central Railway (H&TC)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Texas & New Orleans Railroad (TNO)
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.07385, -96.68550   (decimal degrees)
33°04'26" N, 96°41'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/716054/3661855 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 65975 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 9, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • January 10, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added category "Harriman Lines Common Standard Truss"
  • January 9, 2018: Updated by Luke: Corrected build date per imagery posted by Chris; Merged imagery + adde builder per plaque shape
  • February 12, 2015: Added by Patrick Feller



SP - Rowlett Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2018, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is the extant concrete south abutment for the Texas Electric Railway.

There are other extant cut limestone abutments on the railroad.

SP - Rowlett Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2018, by Luke

The old through truss looks like the typical Phoenix-built Pratts the SP loved to use.

SP - Rowlett Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2018, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The railroad was constructed ca 1872-1873 for the Houston and Texas Central to connect Dallas with the MKT at Red River. I suspect the 1914 bridge was built on the original stone abutments when the line was upgraded.

Right next to this bridge the Texas Electric Railway crossed the creek on a pony truss on concrete abutments built about 1908. The Interurban bridge was removed when operations ceased about 1945.

This ca 1910 postcard view is facing south.

SP - Rowlett Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2018, by Anonymous

More than likely the latter. Railroads reused substructures all the time.

SP - Rowlett Creek Bridge
Posted January 10, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

It seems odd to have stone abutments and/or piers on a bridge of 1914. Cement had been standard for at least a decade.

Two ideas. This bridge could have been moved from another location and placed on existing stone work or this bridge could be a replacement for another earlier one on this site.

SP - Rowlett Creek Brdge
Posted January 9, 2018, by Chris (ninerssuk [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thank you for posting this information for all to find! I went to this bridge today looking for history and was amazed at the limestone at the base and the size of the blocks. Not knowing anything about the bridge then, it is nice to now know some of its history thanks to this article. Thanks again!