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Near Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bud Matthews Switch of the Texas Central Railway

 
 
Bud Matthews Switch of the Texas Central Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 18, 2014
1. Bud Matthews Switch of the Texas Central Railway Marker
Inscription. In 1900, the Texas Central Railway extended a line northwest from Albany across this portion of Rose Ella (Matthews) Conrad’s cattle ranch. Ella and her brother John A. “Bud” Matthews, for whom this site is named, promptly constructed cattle pens and a loading chute at this location. Surrounding ranchers soon were shipping their cattle from this switch to markets in Fort Worth. As many as 105,000 head of cattle were shipped annually until the railroad ceased operations in 1967. Since that year, local ranchers have continued to load cattle onto trucks from this site.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 557.)
 
Location. 32° 44.162′ N, 99° 31.046′ W. Marker is near Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker is on U.S. 180 1.8 miles east of Bluff Creek Road (County Road 201), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butterfield Overland Mail (within shouting distance of this marker); Lueders Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away); Big Country Baptist Assembly
Bud Matthews Switch of the Texas Central Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 18, 2014
2. Bud Matthews Switch of the Texas Central Railway Marker
The marker is made of Lueders limestone
(approx. 6.7 miles away); 8.6 Miles South to Fort Phantom Hill (approx. 8 miles away but has been reported missing); Fort Phantom Hill (approx. 11.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Phantom Hill (approx. 11.4 miles away); Lake Fort Phantom Hill Parks - Johnson Park (approx. 12.7 miles away); Bethel Lutheran Church (approx. 13.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Bud Matthews Switch - Chimney Creek Ranch. From the Chimney Creek Ranch website. Includes additional information from the Texas Historical Marker application and video on the marker dedication in 1993. (Submitted on November 26, 2014.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureRailroads & Streetcars
 
Marker and Rolling Stock of the Texas Central Railway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 18, 2014
3. Marker and Rolling Stock of the Texas Central Railway
Marker and Cattle Pends of the Chimney Creek Ranch image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 18, 2014
4. Marker and Cattle Pends of the Chimney Creek Ranch
View to Northwest Along US 180 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 18, 2014
5. View to Northwest Along US 180
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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