Sierra Blanca in Hudspeth County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
America's Second Transcontinental Railroad
(Joined Here in 1881)
In 1869 the Southern Pacific began constructing such a line eastward from the west coast. In 1871 the Texas & Pacific began building a line, under a special Act of Congress, from east Texas to southern California.
They ran a dramatic race which reached its climax as construction crews for the roads neared this site. Southern Pacific reached Sierra Blanca on Nov. 25, 1881—while crews of the Texas & Pacific were 10 miles to the east of here.
On Nov. 26, 1881, an agreement was reached by Jay Gould, for the Texas & Pacific, and Collis P. Huntington, for the Southern Pacific, whereby in Sierra Blanca the roads would "…approach, …meet,.. and…form one continuous line to the Pacific Ocean..."
The lines were joined here on Dec. 15, 1881, and on Dec. 16 transcontinental service was inaugurated.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 148.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is December 15, 1881.
Location. 31° 10.478′ N, 105° 21.444′ W. Marker is in Sierra Blanca, Texas, in Hudspeth County. Marker is at the intersection of Sierra Blanca Avenue (Ranch to Market Road 1111) and El Paso Street (Business Interstate 10), on the right when traveling north on Sierra Blanca Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sierra Blanca TX 79851, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hudspeth County (here, next to this marker); The Killing of General J. J. Byrne (here, next to this marker); Sierra Blanca Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Quitman (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hudspeth County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); August Fransal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Claude Hudspeth (approx. 8˝ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 509 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on June 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.