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Near Bankersmith in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway

 
 
Tunnel of the Fredricksburg & Northern Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Royal, April 8, 2008
1. Tunnel of the Fredricksburg & Northern Railway Marker
Inscription.  

In 1913 area residents raised money to build a railroad linking Fredricksburg to San Antonio. The 920-foot tunnel beneath this hill increased the cost by $134,000 and required five months of hard labor. It opened a faster trade route for area merchants and farmers. Each time passenger trains entered the tunnel, small rocks, loosened by engine exhaust, were removed from the track and the windows closed to keep out coal smoke. The railroad operated until 1942 when the trackage was sold for scrap.
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5568.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
 
Location. 30° 6.092′ N, 98° 49.249′ W. Marker is near Bankersmith, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old San Antonio Road and Alamo Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10619 Old San Antonio Rd, Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to the Old Tunnel
Tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
2. Tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway Marker
View south with marker in foreground.
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Ferdinand Hohenberger Farmstead (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Grapetown School (approx. 3.2 miles away); Luckenbach (approx. 6.6 miles away); Engel Family (approx. 6.7 miles away); Luckenbach School (approx. 7 miles away); Pinta Trail (approx. 8.6 miles away); The Easter Fires (approx. 9.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is located in a small parking area off the road. Some maps refer to the road as "Old San Antonio Rd" while others refer to it as "Old Fred Road" (likely shortened from Old Fredricksburg Road) The entrance to the parking area is right at the intersection of this road and Alamo Road.
 
View from Marker down hill towards entrance to Tunnel of the Fredricksburg & Northern Railway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Royal, April 8, 2008
3. View from Marker down hill towards entrance to Tunnel of the Fredricksburg & Northern Railway
Photo taken from Bat Observation Deck on top of the hill (where the marker is located) that the tunnel goes through. Trail down the hill is visible on right side of photo.
Tunnel of the Fredricksburg & Northern Railway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Royal, April 8, 2008
4. Tunnel of the Fredricksburg & Northern Railway
This is the view of the actual tunnel after a short hike down a trail from the parking lot/bat observation deck to the base of the hill.
Tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 26, 2020
5. Tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway
This view of the tunnel includes bats flying around inside the middle of the tunnel.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2009, by Bill Royal of Sun City Ctr, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,446 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 30, 2009, by Bill Royal of Sun City Ctr, Florida.   2. submitted on February 22, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on November 30, 2009, by Bill Royal of Sun City Ctr, Florida.   5. submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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