Kingsville in Kleberg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(January 30, 1842 - March 29, 1915)
Merchant, banker, builder of railroads to the Rio Grande. Born in Albany, N.Y. Came to South Texas in 1868. Chartered the Corpus Christi, San Diego and Rio Grande narrow gauge railroad in 1875. Later, reorganized it as the Texas - Mexican Railroad, to be built from Corpus Christi to Laredo. In 1884 he chartered and became president of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway, which in time had 688 miles of track, and gave South Texas a new outlet to the Gulf of Mexico and international trade.
Setting out (1900) to run a railroad to southmost tip of Texas, he obtained right of way for segment of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway from Robstown to Brownsville. The "Lott Railroad" tracks reached this point in Feb. 1903. When for the first time a passenger train ran all the way from Corpus Christi to Brownsville, July 4, 1904, the new town of Kingsville held a special Fourth of July celebration.
For some years prior to his death, Lott lived in Casa Ricardo Hotel in Kingsville. He and his wife, the former Mary Cicele Reynolds, are buried in the Chamberlain Cemetery, Kingsville.
Lott's work, vital to South Texas development, also enhanced national prosperity at turn of the century.
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number
Location. 27° 31.005′ N, 97° 52.094′ W. Marker is in Kingsville, Texas, in Kleberg County. Marker is at the intersection of East Kleberg Avenue and PFC Daniel Alarcon Street, on the right when traveling west on East Kleberg Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at entrance to the Kingsville Railroad Depot Museum parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 E Kleberg Ave, Kingsville TX 78363, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Kingsville Railroad Depot (a few steps from this marker); Englishmen in South Texas, 1568 (approx. half a mile away); Taylor Camp Site, 1846 (approx. 2 miles away); Bishop (approx. 6.3 miles away); U.S. Army March to Rio Grande, 1846 (approx. 11.6 miles away); 1766 Exploration of Diego Ortiz Parilla (approx. 11.6 miles away).
Also see . . . Uriah Lott.
In 1867 he arrived at Brazos Santiago, Texas, and proceeded by way of Brownsville to Corpus Christi. In 1871 he chartered three sailing vessels to transport wool and hides to New York. Lott was particularly interested in railroad development; with the help of Mifflin Kenedy and Richard King,qqv he built the Corpus Christi, San Diego and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Railroad from Corpus Christi to Laredo. The project required seven years and was (Submitted on May 31, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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