Tuesday, February 22, 2011
A railroad spur used to come down Third Street to the Warehouse district. There was a depot or warehouse at one time where the Ballet Austin Butler Dance Education Center is now located because while renovating that building a several feet deep pad of concrete was found which obviously supported heavy train cars. The abandoned rails poke up in the streets (look at Fourth and San Antonio for example) and the loading docks on Fourth show that this was once a place for the transit of goods. Just west of our building, spanning Shoal Creek, is the abandoned railroad bridge, pointing the way to our modern downtown.