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Texas City in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Texas City Terminal Railway Company

 
 
Texas City Terminal Railway Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
1. Texas City Terminal Railway Company Marker
Inscription. Minnesota investors and brothers Jacob R. and Henry H. Myers and Augustus B. Wolvin formed the Texas City Improvement Company in 1893 and developed a port facility and townsite here. By 1897 the company had built a rail spur line linking its port facilities with national railroad systems 4.5 miles inland.

Wolvin acquired the company in 1898 and created the separate Texas City Company for the townsite and the Texas City Terminal Company (TCT) for the railway and docks. He persuaded the U. S. Congress to fund dredging of the channel for ocean-going vessels by 1904 and to designate Texas City as a U. S. port of customs in 1905.

TCT official Hugh B. Moore persuaded the Pierce-Fordyce oil refinery company to move to the port industrial area in 1908. He continued to attract oil companies, and by the 1920s oil and petroleum refined products made up over 80 percent of the tonnage handled at the port.

The Texas City Terminal Railway Company provided Texas City its early water, electric, and sewage utility systems and established the community's first telephone, newspaper, and banking operations. Despite a catastrophic 1947 dock explosion, national recession, and hurricane damage in 1983, TCT continued to expand and upgrade its port and rail facilities.
 
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical
Texas City Terminal Railway Company marker (on the left) image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
2. Texas City Terminal Railway Company marker (on the left)
Commission.
 
Location. 29° 22.534′ N, 94° 54.268′ W. Marker is in Texas City, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Loop State Highway 197, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Texas City TX 77590, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Texas City Refinery (here, next to this marker); The Texas City Disaster (here, next to this marker); Propeller of the SS Highflyer (here, next to this marker); Booker T. Washington School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sociedad Mutualista Mexicana in Texas City (approx. 0.9 miles away); Anchor from Freighter Grand Camp (approx. 1.4 miles away); Texas City Dike (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Aero Squadron (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Texas City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is in a group of markers at the roadside in front of the entrance to the Port of Texas City.
 
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Marker dedicating the historical markers park by TCT. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 11, 2010
3. Marker dedicating the historical markers park by TCT.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 807 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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