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

Midland and Northwestern Railroad

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
1. Midland and Northwestern Railroad Marker
Inscription. Chartered Jan. 16, 1916, by Midland Farms Co., which was owned by David Fasken of Toronto, Canada. The 65 miles of road were completed from Midland to Seminole in 1918. Operated with an engine borrowed from Texas and Pacific Railway until 1920, when its operations ceased.

Fasken purchased the C Ranch in 1912 from estate of Chicago meat packer Nelson Morris. Used part of land for track right-of-way. Developed railroad to ship cattle to markets and encourage settlement. Town of Fasken at peak had one-story depot, hotel, general store, two dwelling houses, schoolhouse and stock pens.

The standard gauge line had one passenger coach, two flatcars, a mail and express car. Had trouble keeping on schedule because equipment was old and needed repairs constantly. Fireman and engineer shot coyotes en route to break monotony. In 1920, M.&N.W. went into receivership, and was sold to T.&P. after flash floods floated crossties away from roadbed.

After approval by the Texas Railroad Commission, M.&N.W. was abandoned in 1923. Line was without prospects of increasing tonnage, was not prudently located, and would have lost money if operated.
 
Erected 1967 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3361.)
 
Location. 32° 
Midland and Northwestern Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
2. Midland and Northwestern Railroad Marker
19.922′ N, 102° 23.954′ W. Marker is near Andrews, Texas, in Andrews County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1788 half a mile north of State Highway 176, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andrews TX 79714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Means Methodist Church (approx. 8.6 miles away); Shafter's Trail (approx. 8.6 miles away); Billionth Barrel (approx. 8.7 miles away); Two Billionth Barrel (approx. 8.7 miles away); Andrews County Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.1 miles away); Early Settlers (approx. 9.1 miles away); Original Townsite of Andrews (approx. 9.1 miles away); Dorsie M. Pinnell (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andrews.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Midland and Northwestern Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
3. Midland and Northwestern Railroad Marker
View north on FM-1788
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 17, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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