Texas Joins the Battle

Schedule of the Houston and Texas Central Railway, 1879

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The Houston and Central Texas Railway had been chartered back in 1848. By the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, it had laid only 81 miles of track. One of the first to restart construction again after the war, the H&TC reached Corsicana in 1871, Dallas in 1872, and Red River City in 1873 to connect with the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad. Texas was now connected by rail to St. Louis, Chicago, and the East Coast.

The H&TC, offering both freight and passenger service, grew through construction and mergers with other lines to serve Austin, Waco, Fort Worth, and South Texas. It was sold to Southern Pacific in 1883.

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Houston and Texas Central Railway map

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Houston and Texas Central Railway Schedule, November 7, 1879, Richard Niles Graham Collection, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

 

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