La Porte in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The La Porte-Sylvan Beach Depot
1899 - The Depot became part of the Southern Pacific System and was known as the Galveston, Houston and San Antonio Line.
1915 - Southern Pacific decided to move the Depot building to Sylvan Beach to better serve the passengers after the Park had become popular. The Depot was now called the sylvan Beach Depot. The name was later changed to La Porte Beach Depot so that the name"La Porte" would be listed prominently on the Southern Pacific train Schedule. Also, at this time a rail spur was being laid to Morgan;s Point that would eventually become her Bayshore Line.
1930 - The Depot was closed doe to the popularity of the automobile and lack of passengers. The building along with the Morgan's Point Depot was sold and moved back downtown to Main Street and became a filling station and general store.
1980- The Old La Porte/Sylvan Beach Depot was donated to the newly formed La Porte Bay Area Heritage Society and was moved back to its 1915 location by the entrance to Sylvan Beach
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 29° 39.203′ N, 95° 0.755′ W. Marker is in La Porte, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Bayshore Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Porte TX 77571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Porte's Original Library (a few steps from this marker); Sylvan Beach Pavilion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Mary's Seminary (approx. ¼ mile away); La Porte (approx. 0.7 miles away); Five Points - The Hub of the City (approx. 0.9 miles away); First City Hall and Jail (approx. one mile away); Besson Building (approx. one mile away); Gribble-Hofheinz House (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Porte.
Regarding The La Porte-Sylvan Beach Depot. Sylvan Beach is and has been La Porte's principal attraction. The beach opens onto Galveston Bay and was once a popular recreation site. It is still attended today but not as in it's heyday. So far, I have not found a marker for Sylvan Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.