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F&N - Black Creek Trestle


San antonio fredericksburg northern 39

BH Photo #418585



The story of the San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Northern Railroad is one of optimism and dogged determination. Citizens in Fredericksburg struggled for twenty-five years to establish a railroad connection to their city, which was located in a geographical area far from ideal for railroad operations. Opened in 1913, it was one of the last lines built in the region. There was a need for it at first but it never managed to boost the economy and production as was hoped. Lacking a year round bulk shipment customer, it was also quickly overtaken by other transportation developments. Its construction involved building twenty-four bridges, one per mile, ranging in size from twenty five to seven hundred forty three feet, and the digging of a tunnel nine hundred twenty feet long, one of only six railroad tunnels built in Texas. After almost three decades of only marginal profitability at best, service ended in 1942. Few traces of its right of way remain today. Its best known remnant is the tunnel which is now home to millions of bats.


Lost Timber stringer bridge over Black Creek on Fredericksburg & Northern Railway
Fredericksburg, Kendall County, Texas
Removed but not replaced
Built 1913, Demolished 1942 after closure of the railroad
- Fredericksburg & Northern Railway (F&N)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.03165, -98.83344   (decimal degrees)
30°01'54" N, 98°50'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/516059/3322304 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 80530 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2018: New photo from Buddy Richey