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Abandoned Preston Street Underpass

Photos taken January 10, 2004. Page created December 12, 2006.

 

The Preston Street underpass can be seen on Houston city maps as far back as 1913. This clip from a 1913 city map clearly shows the underpass. The dashed line indicates the underpass was also used as part of the electric railway. During this period Preston extended both east and west of the underpass while the strett heading north was named Buffalo.

 

Although this 1935 city map does not show very much detail. A reader can see the "location" of the underpass. It is interesting to note Preston is part of US75 at this time. Preston was a connection to Harrisburg and ultimately to Galveston.

 

The underpass can clearly be seen in this clip from a 1936 Harris County general map. Although this map doesn't show it. The road east of the underpass has been connected to Harrisburg Blvd. The eastern section of Preston has been disconnected from the underpass.

 

This cut from a 1946 Houston street map shows the underpass is still in use and part of US75. At this time it has also been cosigned TX225.

 

From a 1961 Harris County street map we have a clear view of the connecting streets. Note that by this time Buffalo Street to the north has been renamed St. Charles Street. Note that the US75 and TX225 designations have been dropped. These "freeways" have been rerouted by this time.

 

A 1992 Harris County Street map shows a different story. By this time the Harrisburg underpass has been created and the Preston underpass abandoned. Preston is shown to continue up to the tracks even though the section is closed. The modern map below doesn't even show the closed piece. The east side no longer connects to Harrisburg and has been renamed to be part of St. Charles.
 
Unfortunately I can't find anyone with the City of Houston to give me an answer to when the underpass was officially closed.

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This map shows the location of the Regency Bridge. This is an aerial view of the underpass.
 
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Photos #1 thru #6 are west of the railroad tracks.
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 Photo #1
 Standing at the corner of Preston and Dowling looking southeast at the barricade blocking
 access to the underpass.
 
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 Photo #2
 Standing by the barricade looking southeast at the underpass. The opening was blocked with
 timbers and then filled in. It was one lane each direction with a center dividing wall.
 
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 Photo #3
 Another view standing a little further to the east.
 
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 Photo #4
 A wider view showing the abandoned section of Preston and the underpass.
 
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 Photo #5
 Looking to the northwest towards downtown from the same location as Photo #3. .
 
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 Photo #6.
 Standing next to the railroad tracks which run over the underpass. Looking northwest.
Photos #7 thru #14 are east of the railroad tracks.
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 Photo #7
 Looking southeast from the base of the underpass.
 
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 Photo #8
 Looking northwest at the east side of the underpass. St. Charles is to the left.
 
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 Photo #9
 Looking down old Harrisburg(now St. Charles) at the underpass.
 
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 Photo #10
 Standing farther back at the top of the grade.
 
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 Photo #11
 Excavation at the top of the rise reveals brick from the original street.
 
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 Photo #12.
 Looking southwest on St. Charles at the underpass.
 
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 Photo #13
 Same view, farther back.
 
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 Photo #14
 Looking up St. Charles from the base of the underpass.

 
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