“Texas Day By Day” reminds us that the Pecos High Bridge went under construction this day, November 3, 1892. At 321 feet above the river, it was the highest railroad bridge in North America. Nearby was the village of Langtry, Texas, where Judge Roy Bean acted as “The Law West of the Pecos.” Judge Bean served as coroner for workers killed during the bridge construction.
I first crossed the Pecos in 1945, on the way to San Diego Naval Training Center (I think it was called then). I didn’t cross on the Pecos High Bridge, however. The Bridge was replaced by a new one in 1944. Now we travel by auto, and we always stop in Langtry to pay homage to Judge Bean’s old barroom/court house.
My father told me about crossing the Pecos on the old railroad high bridge. He said the conductor would go through the passenger cars and lower the shades on the windows. They were afraid that people would panic, looking down from such a great height. In those days it was the old Southern Pacific Sunset Route. I wonder what they call it now?
West of the Pecos the line ran across Paisano Pass. Sometimes additional locomotives were needed to get through a train through the pass, on the way to Alpine.
We have lost so much since the demise of the passenger train. Why can’t we have back our train trips?
November 3, 2015
Happy Birthday Dave C., number one railroad fan!
“You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing.” – Meryl Streep.