Barrel View Looking East
Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record
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BH Photo #139684
I visited this bridge last month. The street view on this page correctly shows that the remnants are visible from the highway. Although all that remains of the deck at this point is a few bits of wood hanging loosely over Choctaw Creek from wires, the bridge LOOKS like you could just slap some new pieces of timber between the cables and have a working bridge again. On the other hand, I'm no structural engineer, and that's probably a terrible idea. Like several of the bridges I saw on this trip, though, it appears as though it could be repaired. There's also probably no real point to doing so given that it doesn't really go anywhere. . . .
Used John Scruggs' information to correct map and added a street view.
Streetview data is from March of 2013, so it's probably still there, John.
The funny thing about landscapes is they are constantly under attack. This particular bridge is not likely where it is marked on the map on this page.
US Highway 82 is now Texas Highway 56 US 69 is still in the same place, more or less, as it was.
This bridge is located just a couple hundred yards north of present day US Highway 82. I am attaching a doc I found while exploring links on this page. If you look at google earth, the scars on the land tell the story, fairly well, and line up almost exactly with the doc I'm attaching. I'm going up there, soon to see what is left, if anything.
Lou said it was still there in 2012, so, I'm hopeful!!
This bridge either has a twin .....or your location on the Map is incorrect.
Bridge is located on the North Side of Tex Hwy 82 @ Choctaw Creek,six miles East of Sherman
Bridge can be seen from the road.
Took some pics and will send them later.
New Fairview, TX
Hope this note gets to Rick Mattioni and K.A. Erickson. Thanks for the reply to my notes about the Choctaw Creek Bridge. I had forgot about the Katy Railroad Bridge(s). I am going to drive back there, when I get time and try to find them. I do remember crossing the Choctaw Creek on the Katy' Texas Special in late 40's/ early 50's. My mother would take my brother and I to Denison ocassionally to vist relativeds, from Bells. I well remember the Katy's Texas Special, and the days of steam. Those high-stepping Pacific Type locomotives were a real treat to see. I live in Irving, Texas, but also have a new home out north of Bells, on the old home place. Spend a lot of time there to get away from this DFW Metroplex. It's a whole different world out there in the country. Thanks for keeping in touch! Ernest Green
Mr. Green it appears from the satellite that the bridge could remain in ruins as from your description I think I have the right coordinates. There are two abandoned railroad bridges nearby from the KATY line.
It may be a while before I can make it there, funds, health, etc, so someone else should go for it.
The bridge that spanned the Choctaw Creek in Grayson County, Texas between Denison and Bells Texas was a bridge that I well remember. Many times in the mid-fifties, I rode my bicycle over it, and later in late fifties drove my car across it. My home was north of Bells, near Ambrose. Several years ago it was abandoned, and the road to it was closed. I have found photos of it, in it's decay, and I wonder if any of it is still there. The road from the west to it was across hwy 69, at Jerry Pedigo Rd. That road is also abandoned. On the east side, the road went from the bridge to connect with Dugan Chapel Rd. From satalite views of the area that road to the east is dead-ended at the bridge. The bridge could not be seen from hwy 69. Does anyone have any info about it's condition now??? Ernest Green
I believe this is the bridge as seen from U S Hwy. 69, between Denison and Bells. Now, there is another Steel bridge over Choctaw Creek, that is a little further north east I think.That road was closed several years ago, the road, I don't know the name, but I believe it came east to Dugan Chapel Rd. This was much larger bridge, I used to ride my bicycle over it in mid-50's and fished from it also. Only caught Garr, though. The road off the bridge crossed the M K T (Katy) railroad about a half mile further east. Please help clarify this for me, I believe I'm correct though. Ernest Green from Bells, Texas, and Irving, Texas.