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Sierra Blanca in Hudspeth County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

America's Second Transcontinental Railroad

(Joined Here in 1881)

 
 
America's Second Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 21, 2012
1. America's Second Transcontinental Railroad Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Great achievement in American history. Victory for statesmen, including Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, who early as 1845 had supported in the United States Congress the idea of a transcontinental railroad. This was effected in 1869, but a need remained—as advocated in the Congress—for a southern route.

In 1869 the Southern Pacific began constructing such a line eastward from the west coast. In 1871 the Texas & Pacific began building a line, under a special Act of Congress, from east Texas to southern California.

They ran a dramatic race which reached its climax as construction crews for the roads neared this site. Southern Pacific reached Sierra Blanca on Nov. 25, 1881—while crews of the Texas & Pacific were 10 miles to the east of here.

On Nov. 26, 1881, an agreement was reached by Jay Gould, for the Texas & Pacific, and Collis P. Huntington, for the Southern Pacific, whereby in Sierra Blanca the roads would "…approach, …meet,.. and…form one continuous line to the Pacific Ocean..."

The lines were joined here on Dec. 15, 1881, and on Dec. 16 transcontinental service was inaugurated.
 
Erected
America's Second Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 21, 2012
2. America's Second Transcontinental Railroad Marker
1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 148.)
 
Location. 31° 10.478′ N, 105° 21.444′ W. Marker is in Sierra Blanca, Texas, in Hudspeth County. Marker is at the intersection of Sierra Blanca Avenue (Ranch to Market Road 1111) and El Paso Street (Business Interstate 10), on the right when traveling north on Sierra Blanca Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sierra Blanca TX 79851, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hudspeth County (here, next to this marker); The Killing of General J. J. Byrne (here, next to this marker); Sierra Blanca Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Quitman (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hudspeth County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); August Fransal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Claude Hudspeth (approx. 8˝ miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
America's Second Transcontinental Railroad Marker (at far right) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 21, 2012
3. America's Second Transcontinental Railroad Marker (at far right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on June 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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