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...
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