Downstream Side, Buffalo Bayou Bascule Railroad Bridge, Houston, Texas 0316091447BW

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    In the shadow of downtown Houston, and hidden under US Highway 59, where it crosses Buffalo Bayou, is a remnant of the days when the Port of Houston extended to downtown. It is a bascule railroad bridge, completed in 1912. The huge concrete counterweight that enabled raising the main span to let vessels pass has been removed and set nearby.

    Strauss, this bridge's designer, also designed the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Someone (almost certainly more than one) is burning our bridges. Most of the trestle type railroad bridges on disused railroad right-of-way in Houston appear to have fire damage to some degree or another. I've seen this on bridges over both Buffalo and White Oak Bayous.

    This is disturbing, of course, from a criminal and safety standpoint, but it also destroys some of Houston's historic structures, something that Houston has had no trouble doing without arson. It is also disturbing because it is happening at a time when many of these structures are being incorporated or considered for incorporation in Houston's system of hike and bike trails.

    "Houston, where 17 railroads meet the sea."

    1. white_storm 61 months ago | reply

      Simply.... Wow!

    2. jdawg's world 50 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called pieces of our world, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. SomeDriftwood 47 months ago | reply

      It's a nice Time Passes picture Accent!

      Time Passes

    4. lmharden1 22 months ago | reply

      Could I upload this image to

    5. Patrick Feller 22 months ago | reply

      Yes, and, as usual for Bridgehunter, all I ask is that you give proper credit (Patrick Feller) and/or link to the flickr image.

    6. lmharden1 22 months ago | reply

      I've been giving the photos that were CC listed of yours the same attribution + link to the image's flickr page treatment, so any of you copyrighted images will get the same treatment.

    7. Rob Sneed 21 months ago | reply

      Wow.....this is amazing....gotta get down there and see it.

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