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

Texas Central Railway Company

 
 
Texas Central Railway Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
1. Texas Central Railway Company Marker
Inscription. The Houston & Texas Central Railway, which began building north from Houston in 1856, was tapped in 1872 by a branch line from Waco. In 1879, the Texas Central Railway Co. was chartered to extend the branch from Ross, 11 miles north of Waco, to the Panhandle. By 1881, the track stretched 177 miles through Whitney, Hico, Dublin, and Cisco, to Albany. Because financial problems prevented further building, Albany remained the rail terminus for 19 years.
     Realizing the value of rail service on the frontier, the citizens of Albany had raised $50,000 to win the railroad away from the nearby town of Ft. Griffin. As the end of the rail line, Albany experienced a long period of growth and prosperity. It became a shipping center for cattle, buffalo bones, and building stone. Hotels and stores sprang up to accommodate visitors and new residents arriving by train.
     In 1900, the railroad started to build again, extending the line from Albany to Stamford. Purchased in 1914 by the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Co., the Texas Central Railway was part of that system until the growth of highway travel reduced rail service. In 1967, the line was discontinued except for a short section between Gorman and Dublin.
 
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5253.)
 
Location.
Texas Central Railway Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
2. Texas Central Railway Company Marker
View to southeast across Main Street
32° 43.531′ N, 99° 17.83′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 180) north of S. 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. 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 walking distance of this marker. The Albany News (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Albany (within shouting distance of this marker); Ledbetter Picket House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ledbetter Salt Works CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgia Battalion Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Griffin Fandangle (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Albany's First Public School (about 500 feet away); The H.C. Jacobs House (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Albany.
 
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Former Right-of-Way of Texas Central Railway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
3. Former Right-of-Way of Texas Central Railway
Back side of marker visible in center background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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