Tomball in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Texas Railroads, C. S. A.
Harris County was 1861 center for 492 miles of state railroads, with Texas & New Orleans going from here to Orange; Houston & Texas Central to Millican; Houston Tap & Brazoria to Columbia; Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado to Alleyton; and Galveston, Houston & Henderson to Galveston.
At Hempstead on the H. & T. C., passengers took the Washington County R. R. to Brenham and from there went by stagecoach to Austin, the state capital.
Eastern Texas R. R. went from Beaumont to Sabine Pass; Memphis, El Paso & Phoenix ran 5 miles out of Jefferson; and a "Southern Pacific" went to the Louisiana line from Marshall. Making junction with the San Antonio & Mexican Gulf which ran from Port Lavaca to Victoria was the 15-mile Indianola R. R.
1,000 troops guarded and maintained the T. & N. O. Other troops destroyed 2 lines to prevent their use in possible invasions. War ruined 7 roads, because overtaxed industry could not replace worn tracks, parts or rolling stock. By 1865 only the H. & T. C. and the G. H. & H. still ran trains, and their tracks and rolling stock were much in need of replacement.
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10793.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 30° 5.836′ N, 95° 36.809′ W. Marker is in Tomball, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and South Elm Street, on the right when traveling east on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 South Elm Street, Tomball TX 77375, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tomball (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pillot Family (approx. 0.4 miles away); Griffin Memorial House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pillot Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Spring Creek County (approx. 2.4 miles away); Spring Creek Park Cemetery (approx. 2˝ miles away); Site of Confederate Powder Mill (approx. 2.7 miles away); Salem Lutheran Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tomball.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.