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Bertram in Burnet County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The City of Bertram

 
 
The City of Bertram Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
1. The City of Bertram Marker
Inscription.  In 1882 the Austin & Northwestern RR built a rail line through this site to haul granite, quarried at Granite Mountain in Marble Falls to build the State Capital in Austin. The town of South Gabriel was moved here, surrounding the tracks, and Bertram was founded.

The railroad became the lifeblood of the area. Stock pens and a loading dock were built by the tracks. Cattle, sheep, goats, cotton and wool were shipped by rail. Passenger service became a great convenience to the area.

1900: after the Great Hurricane destroyed Galveston, granite rip-rap was hauled through Bertram to build Galveston's sea wall.
1909: red brick for Bertram's school house was shipped in by rail.
1912: 175,000 lbs. of wool, in 700 sacks, were shipped out.
1916: 1,000 head of cattle, filling 21 rail cars, were shipped.
1928: 11,624 bales of cotton were ginned in Bertram and shipped by rail.

The golden age of Bertram and the railroad ended shortly after WWII, but in recent years the railroad has new life through freight and excursions. Long trains of crushed gravel and lumber are run daily, and the Austin Steam Train
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Association brings visitors on weekends.
 
Erected 2007 by City of Bertram.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
 
Location. 30° 44.647′ N, 98° 3.301′ W. Marker is in Bertram, Texas, in Burnet County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 29 and Farm to Market Road 1174, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 29. The marker is located west of the train depot next to the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 W State Highway 29, Bertram TX 78605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bertram Depot (here, next to this marker); J.V. "Pinky" Wilson (a few steps from this marker); Bertram School (approx. ¼ mile away); Bertram (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Village of South Gabriel (approx. 2 miles away); The Bryson Place (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mount Zion Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Oatmeal Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bertram.
 
Also see . . .  Bertram, Texas. Wikipedia
Bertram is at the junction of Farm Roads 243 and 1174 and State Highway 29, ten miles east of Burnet in eastern Burnet County.
The City of Bertram Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
2. The City of Bertram Marker
The town was established in 1882, when the community of San Gabriel (near the San Gabriel River) in Burnet County was moved two miles northwest to the newly constructed Austin and Northwestern Railroad. The new community was named for Austin merchant Rudolph Bertram, the largest stockholder in the Austin and Northwestern. A post office opened in 1882 and, by 1891, the town had an estimated population of 150, a cotton gin-gristmill, three general stores, a grocer, a blacksmith, a shoemaker, and two wagonmakers. After 1900, Bertram was a shipping point for cotton, cattle, and wool. In 1928, a record 11,624 bales of cotton were ginned in the town.
(Submitted on August 6, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the City of Bertram Marker from the train depot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
3. The view of the City of Bertram Marker from the train depot
The Bertram Train Depot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
4. The Bertram Train Depot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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