Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad
Site of General Offices
The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railway was chartered Feb. 11, 1850. Construction materials, shipped from Boston to Galveston, came up Buffalo Bayou by barges. Chief engineer John A. Williams began survey in May 1851. When a few miles of track were laid, the first passengers ever to ride a train in Texas went to Thomas Point (3 mi. W), April 21, 1853, to a celebration featuring salutes from "Twin Sisters" cannon used in 1836 Battle of San Jacinto. Four months later tracks reached Stafford's Point, and B. B. B. & C. operations officially began, with Harrisburg as the terminal.
One block north of here were depot, roundhouse and docks; a half block south, site of 1836 Texas Capitol.
The road was sold
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Comittee. (Marker Number 10621.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1863.
Location. 29° 43.313′ N, 95° 16.659′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Elm Street west of Frio Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Home of Mrs. Jane Harris (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Holy Cross Mission (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Harrisburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Old Harrisburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Magnolia Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lorenzo de Zavala (approx. 1.3 miles away); Magnolia Park City Hall and Central Fire Station (approx. 1˝ miles away); Hidalgo Park Quiosco (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . .
1. From the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on September 26, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. From Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 26, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.