Railroads of Fort Bend County, Texas (Images of Rail Series)

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Fort Bend County was formed in the early 1820s by members of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300." Traders utilized barges and steamboats running along the Brazos River to transport cotton and other products from the lower Brazos Valley to the port at Galveston. In 1853, railroads began to play a larger role in the county's transportation system. Transportation facilities were greatly improved when the first railroad in Texas, the Buffalo, Brazos, and Colorado Railroad Company, completed its first 20-mile segment to ...

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Overview

Fort Bend County was formed in the early 1820s by members of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300." Traders utilized barges and steamboats running along the Brazos River to transport cotton and other products from the lower Brazos Valley to the port at Galveston. In 1853, railroads began to play a larger role in the county's transportation system. Transportation facilities were greatly improved when the first railroad in Texas, the Buffalo, Brazos, and Colorado Railroad Company, completed its first 20-mile segment to Stafford's Point in Fort Bend County from Harrisburg (Houston). As many as eight separate railroads were chartered and operated in Fort Bend County by 1900. Today some of the names have changed but most of the original rail lines remain in operation. The Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Kansas City Southern rail companies have picked up where their predecessors left off and are keeping Fort Bend County one of the busiest and fastest-growing counties in the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738579016
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/12/2010
  • Series: Images of Rail Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 951,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Jim Vollmar has been a resident of Fort Bend County for 29 years. A member of the Fort Bend Museum Association and former president of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, he has gathered vintage images from various local collections for this book.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos, and Colorado Railroad 9

2 The Houston Tap and Brazoria Railroad 61

3 The Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad 65

4 The Texas Western Narrow-Gauge Railroad 89

5 The New York, Texas, and Mexican Railroad 93

6 The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad 97

7 The Sugar Land Railroad 105

8 The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad 117

9 Today's Railroads 121

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