Images of America Railroads Of Western Texas San Antonio To El Paso by Braudaway
Images of America Railroads Of Western Texas San Antonio To El Paso by Braudaway
Images of America Railroads Of Western Texas San Antonio To El Paso by Braudaway
Images of America Railroads Of Western Texas San Antonio To El Paso by Braudaway
Images of America Railroads Of Western Texas San Antonio To El Paso by Braudaway
Images of America Railroads Of Western Texas San Antonio To El Paso by Braudaway

Images of America Railroads Of Western Texas San Antonio To El Paso by Braudaway

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Images of America Railroads Of Western Texas San Antonio To El Paso by Braudaway
 
Images of America Railroads Of Western Texas San Antonio To El Paso by Douglas Lee Braudaway
Soft Cover
128 pages
Copyright 2000
CONTENTS
Acknowledgments6
Introduction7
1.The Hubs: San Antonio and El Paso9
2.Laying the Rails29
3.Bridging the Pecos39
4.Stations and Stops:53
From San Antonio to Eagle Pass
5.Stations and Stops:73
From Del Rio to Alpine
6.Stations and Stops:95
From Marfa to El Paso
7.Riding the Rails107

INTRODUCTION
The Southern Pacific Railroad is better known in California and the Far West than it is on the East Coast, the Midwest, or even the South. The company originated in 1865 as the Central Pacific Railroad (CP), which built the western half of the first transcontinental railroad. The owners of the CP then organized a separate company, built a number of lines in California, and bought up competing lines. This other company was named Southern Pacific and grew to be the more profitable and dominant of the two. The company established a goal of building a wholly-owned, transcontinental route building through the Arizona and New Mexico Territories, arriving in El Paso in 1881.
Meanwhile, in Texas, the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos, and Colorado Railroad was chartered in 1850 and was the first of some two hundred such companies to operate in Texas. It was only the second railroad operating west of the Mississippi River. In 1870, the name was changed to the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railroad (GH&SA). The line, popularly referred to as the Sunset Route, reached San Antonio in 1877, and shortly thereafter drew the attention of Collis P. Huntington of the Southern Pacific (SP). Under its own charter, the Southern Pacific, or Espee, could not legally build in Texas, so it bought the GH&SA and built under its charter, laying rails eastward from El Paso in 1881.

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