Brazoria in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Houston Tap and Brazoria Railway Company
Incorporated on September 1, 1856, the Houston Tap and Brazoria Railway Company was authorized to run a line from Houston to Columbia, bridge the Brazos River and extend the line to Wharton. In June, 1858 the railway company bought the seven miles of track from Houston to Pierce Junction and by 1860 had opened the 50 miles of track to Columbia with the terminus on the east bank of the Brazos River. Bonds and loans were used to finance the railway with field hands from the different plantations building the grades. Known as the "Sugar Road" the rail line was disrupted by the Civil War and fell into disrepair. During the Civil War years service came to a stop and the tracks were used to make weapons for the Confederate Army. With many financial difficulties the line was sold to the Houston and Great Northern Railroad in 1873. Eventually the line was abandoned between Arcola and East Columbia.
Track laying and grade engineers
Benjamin F. Terry · William J. Kyle
Houston Tap and Brazoria Stations:
Houston · Pierce Junction · Arcola ·Sandy Point · Bonney · Chenango · Hind's · East Columbia
Topics. This historical marker Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 29° 2.807′ N, 95° 34.288′ W. Marker is in Brazoria, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is on West Smith Street, on the right when traveling west. This marker is located at the entrance to the Brazos Valley Railroad Society museum in the building formerly used as Brazoria Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 208 W Smith Street, Brazoria TX 77422, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brazoria Fallen Heroes Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Smith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church of Brazoria (approx. ¼ mile away); Masonic Oak (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Masonic Oak (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of the Home of John Austin (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dr. Sofie Deligath Herzog (approx. ¾ mile away); Brazoria Townsite (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brazoria.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.