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Would anyone happen to have or know where I could find pictures of the old bridges that were located over Buffalo Bayou before 1912? There is also what looks like a pier or a deck off to the left side of the remaining bridge. It is almost completely overgrown now. What was it used for?
Back in 1909 when Rock Island and Frisco were controlled by a common business syndicate, trains operated between New Orleans and Frisco under the Frisco Lines name. St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railway was the corporate name or just "Brownie" for short. This was a precursor to the Gulf Coast Lines. https://www.flickr.com/photos/28918113@N07/6784520607/in/photolist-bkwrBe-9vY8Sp-8toLQN-bqwV7x-dDWFp3-7HLjRt-bfQkHZ-eee1Sh-9JtQ3K-9K9ZL8-doSHsX-dfceRt-avL8Av-8P5TiS-gm8jo3-jz8bQ6-fARdu6-fB6yDS-bniiH4-fARj6z-fB6sSY-eu3nv6-8Myd8w-csXn11-8T31CR-82dXck-jfarQA-bBdqCo-dDWG9w-83LBL9-dDWFhY-7R1JQt-cWr4mm-hMNfqr-cvGQt5-cvGQDb-cvGQAA-cvGQGW-doWzhh-eh22Tr-cvrprL-dog4ux-cp9fey-dog3Vn-832fms-dVDE2X-97ePiU-97eQm3 Frisco Lines first entered Houston from the south (Rio Grande Valley) in 1907. Offices in Kingsville TX had Frisco on the facade.
So while looking through Historic Aerials, I stumbled upon an oddity just past I-10...an abandoned railroad ROW paralleling the interstate. The railroad was recently stripped, and there were even railroad crossing markings were visible on Gessner. ("http://www.historicaerials.com/?poi=3770") An atlas I have identifies it as the Missouri Kansas Texas. Unfortunately, Google Maps, while often displaying abandoned railroad lines, it doesn't show up with this one. Now here's where things get funky. Google stops identifying it as a railroad here but the line ends at Katy Fort Bend Road. Following the line, it reappears near Hempstead Rd. and I-610, but turns into a yard and vanishes. Note the abandoned bridge. After passing through a few parks, it dips below 10 and becomes "Spring Street". After that, it's a bit confusing..I can't follow it, because other railroads come in and screw my sense of direction up (and the map is kind of hard to read). Can anyone describe/know more information?