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Forgotten Coppell Gravel Pit RR Spur

Posted by Brian556 
Forgotten Coppell Gravel Pit RR Spur
August 29, 2020 08:31AM
Just found this recently on The Portal To Texas History. There was a railroad spur going north off the Cotton Belt Line in Coppell to a gravel pit on Denton Creek. There was a wye on the Cotton Belt just west of todays Freeport Parkway crossing. The spur headed northwest to a gravel pit on Denton Creek near Freeport Parkway. The ROW map states that the ROW was sold in 1930. It seems most likely that the spur was eliminated at that time. SH 121 was constructed after 1930, so this spur would not have crossed it. It is strange that this spur does not appear on any old map of the area. A portion of the old ROW is clearly visible between SH 121 and Sandy Lake Rd. It had been covered with brush, but the land was recently mowed and the old ROW was cleaned up pretty well.

Link to ROW map on The Portal To Texas History: [texashistory.unt.edu]

DSC_0136 by Brian Kosich, on Flickr

Coppel Gravel Spur Red Line by Brian Kosich, on Flickr
Re: Forgotten Coppell Gravel Pit RR Spur
September 02, 2020 06:31PM
Quarry or gravel pit railroads were rife in the river and creek bottoms between Dallas and Ft. Worth. That includes spurs off the Rock Island, the Texas and Pacific, and Cotton Belt.
Old maps and track charts are the best documented evidence that such existed.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/03/2020 07:48AM by Dennis H.
Re: Forgotten Coppell Gravel Pit RR Spur
September 03, 2020 07:46AM
Check out this topographic map from 1925.
There are several spurs in the neighborhood of Carrollton-Farmers Branch.

Topo map of Carrollton-Farmers Branch
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