Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Fort Worth and Denver City Railway
First Railroad through the Texas Panhandle
Under General G.M. Dodge, civil engineer who had built several major lines, grading began in 1881 at Hodge, near Fort Worth. Despite the 1882 repeal of the Texas Land Grant Act, private capital was able to push rails northwestward at intervals. Numerous towns, including Amarillo (in 1887) began as camps of the crews building grade and laying the tracks.
On March 14, 1888, connection was made with rails of the Denver, Texas and Fort Worth Railroad (now Colorado and Southern) at Union Park, near Folsom, N. Mex. This completed the through route to Denver. In 1908 the Fort Worth and Denver City became a part of the Burlington System; in 1951 the name was changed to Fort Worth and Denver Railway Company.
Ever since its beginning, this railroad has been backed by men with unlimited faith in the destiny of the Texas Panhandle. It has advanced the economy based on cattle,
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2037.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is March 14, 1888.
Location. 35° 12.756′ N, 101° 49.929′ W. Marker is in Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is on East 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is on the lower level of Pierce Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 83 South Pierce Street, Amarillo TX 79107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A.T. & S.F. No. 5000 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry B. Sanborn (approx. ¼ mile away); Potter County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Potter County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rick Husband (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Potter County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Potter County Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Henry Bradley Sanborn (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amarillo.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.