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MKT - Chambers Creek Bridge


North end

Photo taken by Julia Bell in January 2018


BH Photo #416315

Street View 

Brief History 

Written by Julia Bell

To connect Waxahachie with Hillsboro, the Dallas & Waco Railroad constructed a line segment from 1886-1890. Since the MKT commissioned the D&W to build the line to Hillsboro, the MKT acquired the line shortly after completion. The Texas Railroad Commission authorized operation on the line 1 December 1906. The line appears in a 1900 Rand McNally Texas Railroad Map held by the Library of Congress titled Texas Railroads. The MKT abandoned and demolished the track in the mid-1980s. The Union Pacific acquired the line via mergers.

“A Crossing of the Missouri-Kanas-Texas Railroad and the Houston & Texas Central Railroad.” Texas Railroad History. Last modified 25 April 2014. Accessed 14 January 2018. http://txrrhistory.com/towers/067/067.htm

“Hillsboro to Waxahachie.” Abandoned Rails. Last modified 11 December 2013. Accessed 14 January 2018. http://www.abandonedrails.com/Dallas_and_Waco_Railroad.

Keene, Joe. “Comments: Reply to Jeffrey Smith.” Interlocking Towers. 22 November 2009. Accessed 14 January 2018. http://www.abandonedrails.com/Dallas_and_Waco_Railroad.

Rand McNally and Company. Texas Railroads. Chicago, 1900. Map. Accessed 14 January 2018. Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/98688561/.


Abandoned through truss bridge over Chambers Creek
Ellis County, Texas
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT)
As best as I can surmise, it is a Steel through-Truss Bridge with alternating truss removed as discussed in Journal of Bridge Engineering
Volume 18 Issue 9 - September 2013
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.22359, -96.87448   (decimal degrees)
32°13'25" N, 96°52'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/700298/3567200 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 80115 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,974)
Ellis County, Texas (82)
Have street view (30,036)
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (216)
Pin-connected (5,194)
Preserved (1,240)
Railroad (16,759)
Texas (3,081)
Through truss (18,178)
Truss (37,205)

Update Log 

  • February 25, 2022: New Street View added by Bambi Sharkoman
  • January 20, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • January 14, 2018: Essay added by Julia Bell