|McCommas Bluff Preserve on Trinity River Dallas, Texas|
|McCommas Bluff Lock and Dam #1 circa 1910|
Note on parking: This area is a notorious dumping area for stolen vehicles. I would not suggest parking at the actual bluffs unless you intend to stay close to your vehicle. You would be better off parking further up Riverwood in front of a home there and then hiking the rest of the way in.
|Trinity River rapids at McCommas Bluff|
|Spring wildflowers on the bluffs overlooking the Trinity River|
Trinity City was promoted by the Peters Colony but was never substantially developed. It was envisioned as the northernmost of twenty-nine port towns that were to be laid out every twenty miles on the banks of the Trinity River, in the hope that the river could be made navigable from the Gulf of Mexico to the most northern port town. Though indicated on the Peters colony map of 1852 as a sizable town, it was probably never more than a small frontier community.
The old lock and dam # 1 built in the late 19th century and later improved upon over the next 20 years still exists as a concrete structure just downstream of the McCommas Bluffs. Above the bluffs sits a century old lock keeper's house that was built as a residence for the man in charge of the McCommas Lock system. The home is still there and is occupied today. The home is on private property and no trespassing signs are up.
|Lock keeper's residence at McCommas Bluff|
|Lock Keeper's home in 2010|
|Methodist Chapel at Trinity City|