El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Bataan Memorial Trainway
The trainway was named in honor of prisoners of war who died in enemy camps during World War II. The name Bataan was chosen to honor those soldiers-both Filipino and American-captured by the Japanese Army after the fall of the Bataan Peninsula. Many of the American
The trainway was officially dedicated on August 21, 1950, and Southern Pacific's "Sunset Limited" became the first passenger train to operate on the newly completed trainway. With the completion of the Bataan Memorial Trainway, traffic flowed freely and safely through downtown, aiding the city's growth and prosperity.
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12851.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the ASCE Civil Engineering Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1881.
Location. 31° 45.466′ N, 106° 29.609′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on West San Francisco Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Marker is on the walkway, on the north side of San Francisco Avenue, by the railroad tracks just prior to passing under Durango Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Paso TX 79901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. El Paso & Southwestern Railroad (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); El Paso Union Passenger Station (about 700 feet away); Old San Francisco Historic District Hotel Paso Del Norte (approx. ¼ mile away); A City Is Born (approx. ¼ mile away); El Paso (approx. ¼ mile away); Pioneer Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away); Fray García de San Francisco (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
Also see . . . El Paso - Bataan Memorial Trainway. Photos of the trainway along with additional information. (Submitted on November 18, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 847 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 28, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.