“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

H&TC and I&GN Depots

H&TC and I&GN Depots Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bob Ward, November 27, 2019
1. H&TC and I&GN Depots Marker

On December 25, 1871, the first train into Austin rolled over Waller Creek, bringing with it hope, prosperity and progress. The Houston and Texas Central (H&TC) Railroad made Austin its westernmost terminus in the state and the most prominent trading hub in Central Texas. The railroad brought growth and success to the city and a depot of a first class nature was needed.

After thirty years of public debate, legal maneuvers and economic constraints, the depot was finally completed in 1902 at the northeast corner of Third Street and Congress Avenue. The depot was designed with stained glass windows, a wrought iron staircase and an ornate fireplace. Beginning in 1904, the H&TC began sharing the depot with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (M-K-T), better known as "The Katy," which ran service until 1964. The depot was demolished in 1965.

In 1876, the International and Great Northern (I&GN) opened the second rail line to Austin, becoming the city's major rail line for many years. Citizens again suggested a depot be built which mirrored the stature Austin now held within the state. In 1888, I&GN hired Gustav Wilke, who built
H&TC and I&GN Depots Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry McGinnis, February 26, 2021
2. H&TC and I&GN Depots Marker
the state capitol, to build the new depot at the southwest corner of Third and Congress. It included granite trimmings, red oak, and a slate roof. I&GN and its successor, the Missouri Pacific, ran trains out of the depot until 1949, when a new depot was built on Lamar Boulevard. The I&GN depot was demolished in 1955.

These depots represented the influential and important position Austin held as the state capital. They also helped bring commerce, transportation, and sophistication to the burgeoning city and highlighted Austin's promise as passengers stepped off the trains.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16288.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 30° 15.917′ N, 97° 44.649′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West 3rd Street and Congress Avenue, on the right when traveling east. The marker is on W 3rd Street at the SW corner of 3rd Street and Congress Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Site of First Methodist Church of Austin (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southwestern Telegraph & Telephone Building (about 500 feet away); Congress Avenue
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(about 700 feet away); Austin City Limits (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hotel Provident and Heierman Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scarbrough Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of John Bremond & Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Littlefield Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on February 23, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2. submitted on February 27, 2021, by Larry McGinnis of Austin, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Mar. 3, 2021