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Tyler in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Tyler Tap Railroad

 
 
Tyler Tap Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 6, 2015
1. Tyler Tap Railroad Marker
Inscription. To provide for shipment of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and cotton to distant markets, a group of Tyler citizens proposed a railroad to connect the town with major rail lines nearby. The promoters included R.B. Hubbard, later governor of Texas; James P. Douglas, onetime state senator; W.S. Herndon, A.M. Ferguson, and J.H. Brown. In 1871 the state legislature accepted their proposal and chartered the Tyler Tap Railroad to join with the Texas & Pacific Railroad or the International & Great Northern Railroad within 40 miles of Tyler. Local organizers decided to link with the Texas & Pacific at Big Sandy. Actual construction was delayed until 1875, with the first train running Oct. 1, 1877. Funds for the tap line were to be secured by sale of stock, but when private financing failed to raise enough money, the legislature agreed to award state land for each mile of track completed.

Although organized and promoted by local citizens, the Tyler Tap Line soon attracted other investors. In 1879, under a new charter, it was renamed the Texas & St. Louis Railway, with headquarters in Tyler. It was reorganized again in 1891 as the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, commonly known as the Cotton Belt, with general offices still located here.
 
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
1904 Cotton Belt Depot at Tyler, Texas image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 62015
2. 1904 Cotton Belt Depot at Tyler, Texas
Number 7764.)
 
Location. 32° 21.283′ N, 95° 17.894′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is on East Oakwood Street east of North Spring Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 E Oakwood St, Tyler TX 75702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Yarbrough Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Goodman Home, 1857 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith County as a 19th Century Legal Center (approx. mile away); Henry Miller Morgan (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Henry Miller Morgan (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1881 Smith County Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Smith County C.S.A. / Tyler-Smith County C.S.A. Men and Units (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First County Agricultural Extension Agent (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tyler.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on July 19, 2016.
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