“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
College Station in Brazos County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

College Station Railroad Depots

College Station Railroad Depots Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, July 1, 2018
1. College Station Railroad Depots Marker
Inscription.  In 1871 Texas Governor Edmund Davis appointed three Commissioners to select a site for the newly established Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (Texas A&M College). The Commissioners chose this location in large part because of the existence of the Houston and Texas Central (H&TC) Railroad line which began in Southeast Texas and extended through this area to Bryan (5 mi. north).

Although no railroad depot existed here at the time of Texas A&M's formal opening in 1876, the H&TC Railroad made regular stops here for incoming and outgoing college students and faculty. H&TC Railroad conductor announcements referring to this stop as "College Station" gave rise to the name of the surrounding community.

The H&TC Railroad constructed a depot at this site in 1883 which it replaced with a new depot around 1900. The H&TC depots and another built by the International & Great Northern (I&GN) Railroad just east of this site in 1900 were for many students who attended Texas A&M the first remembrance of their collegiate experience.

Railroad depots owned by the H&TC (later named Southern Pacific) and I&GN (later named Missouri
College Station Railroad Depots Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, July 1, 2018
2. College Station Railroad Depots Marker
Note that there is a building currently being constructed behind the marker so its surroundings are subject to change.
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Pacific) maintained passenger service at this location until 1959. In 1966 the last of the depot structures was razed.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8674.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
Location. 30° 36.754′ N, 96° 20.635′ W. Marker is in College Station, Texas, in Brazos County. Marker is on Lamar Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the Texas A&M University campus, between the Albritton Bell Tower and the Memorial Student Center and across from the Simpson Drill Field. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: College Station TX 77844, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Drill Field, Texas A&M University (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Texas AMC and WWI (approx. ¼ mile away); K. K. Legett Hall Centennial (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Play-By-Play Radio Broadcast of a College Football Game (approx. ¼ mile away); Nagle Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Academic Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sbisa Dining Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Early Texas A&M Campus Housing (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in College Station.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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