When I was little some of us kids would play in Boaz Park, and we would wander down a secluded path to the old wooden train trestle bridge that spans a narrow channel of Mary's Creek. Every once in a while, as an adult, I take the same trek and sit on the rocks to admire this bridge. How this old wood framework can still support a heavy freight train amazes me! I also remember that kids should not play on the tracks at this particular location because a speeding train can come up suddenly and without warning. The trestle has a history of tragedies that goes back 60 years or more.
The old wooden train trestle bridge
Posted 16 February 2017 - 08:48 PM
The wooden trestle is over Walnut Creek; Mary's Creek is spanned by the steel and concrete bridge a few hundred yards east. It's been a long time since I went close to either one but I remember stumps of old wooden pilings at both, remnants of earlier trestles.
I too have heard the story of the boys playing on the trestle when a train came. All but one jumped off into the creek. Within the last five or ten years there was also the man walking his dog. Neither of them made it...
Posted 17 February 2018 - 06:48 PM
Browsing through the Facebook group Fort Worth Memories and History, I found a photo of a S-T clipping about the November 1955 incident. Two boys, Jon Scott Haasch,8, and James Albert Corbin,10, were killed on the Walnut Creek bridge west of the park beneath the 377 overpass. A third boy, younger brother to James, survived, apparently without injury. Jon was in the fourth grade at Ridglea West Elementary. James was in the fifth grade at St. Alice School.
Posted 18 February 2018 - 02:18 PM
Browsing through the Facebook group Fort worth Memories and History, I found a photo of a S-T clipping about the November 1955 incident. Two ten year old boys, Jon Scott Haasch and James Albert Corbin, were killed on the Walnut Creek bridge west of the park beneath the 377 overpass. A third boy, younger brother to James, survived, apparently without injury.
Love old wooden bridges and was trying to locate this ... did you mean 287 instead of 377?
Posted 18 February 2018 - 11:05 PM
No, this is where 377 passes over UP (former T&P) and Walnut Creek north of Benbrook. I've been to that trestle before (and before I knew what happened there). It's one of three that pass over Walnut Creek. It and the one over where Aledo Road used to pass through the creek are concrete and steel affairs built in 1943 like the one over Mary's Creek to the east. The wooden trestle is in South Z. Boaz Park.
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