Bluebonnet Trestle

The rails lie quiet now, but certainly not forgotten. And the bluebonnets in central Texas that have overgrown the rails and up to the creek to create Bluebonnet Trestle most definitely have not forgotten the line is here, either. For they make excellent use of it, although not exactly for the purpose originally intended.

The Austin & Northwestern Railroad intended the line to be used for hauling a wide variety of loads to Austin and beyond. Livestock, such as cattle and goats, stone, such as granite, building materials, and even passengers plied these rails, coming and going. The route was such an important one that when it fell into disuse it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, ensuring its position in history.

To the bluebonnets, however, none of this mattered at all. They are concerned in the here and now, and find the conditions exactly right. Blooming from March through May, more or less, of each year, they are slowly taking over the line as their very own. The Texas Hill County has numerous fabulous sights, and by any measure this one ranks up there with the best of them.

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