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Just How Long Has Dallas Been Working on the Trinity River Project?

trinityWith the latest flapping about the toll road planned for the Trinity River (and inspired by Tim’s map post), I thought I’d share my favorite Trinity River Project rendering, the one that was made way back in 1892. Yep, that’s how long we’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the Trinity. Funny thing is, the 1892 plan isn’t that much different than the later ones: meandering rivers, a nifty overlook, recreation areas. There was also a big boondoggle of a transportation project roped into the deal, a plan to dredge the river so that it could become navigable all the way to the Gulf of Mexico — the 19th century version of the Trinity Toll Road. That didn’t work out to well. You can zoom in on the photo over here.

4 comments on “Just How Long Has Dallas Been Working on the Trinity River Project?

  1. Where’s Ed’s response saying that Millennials prefer travel by steamboat?

  2. I wrote a long paper for my 7th grade class at Arthur Kramer IN 1964 on the attempt to channelize the Trinity for shipping.

  3. The monuments to man’s failure to control the Trinity still stand on the river. The 1892 crib work still stands in place at McCommas Bluff as an arranged rock pile matrix interlaced across cedar timbers. The early 1900′s Lock and Dam # 1 sits 100 yards downstream of it. The next generation of failures stand at Forest Avenue where the swing bridge buttresses are still in place, viewed from the Cedar Crest Bridge. The overbuilt, overhyped and super tall I-45 and Jefferson Street Bridges, which were built for anticipated barge traffic round out the failure of the 1970s. Contemporary Dallasites can celebrate the Standing Wave Whitewater Feature so far….