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

Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company

 
 
Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
1. Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company Marker
Inscription. In 1874 Galveston County voters narrowly approved $500,000 in bonds to finance construction of a railroad line from the city of Galveston that would bypass Houston, its business rival, and reach across Texas and beyond to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Henry Rosenberg, president of the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway Company (GCSF), broke ground at 37th and Mechanic Street on May 1, 1875. In 1879 the company completed a 50-mile line west to Richmond that included a 2 mile wooden bridge spanning the length of Galveston Bay.

Prominent Galveston businessman George Sealy bought the GCSF Company at public auction on April 15, 1879. Sealy led efforts to construct a vital spur line to Houston, acquire East Texas rail interests to supply rail ties, install telegraph lines, and establish numerous towns along the main rail line, including Rosenberg, Sealy, Temple, Killeen, Goldthwaite, and Ballinger.

GCSF joined the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) in 1886 and by 1900 had added the popular Harvey House hotels and restaurants to its line. By introducing innovative radio communications in 1944 GCSF greatly expanded Galveston's national rail connections. Although GCSF was officially bought out by ATSF in 1965 various rail companies continued to use its former lines.
 
Erected
Original Train Station of the Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company. Now a Museum image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
2. Original Train Station of the Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company. Now a Museum
1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7480.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway marker series.
 
Location. 29° 18.355′ N, 94° 47.894′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Santa Fe Place and 26th Street, on the right when traveling west on Santa Fe Place. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Santa Fe Union Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nicholas J. Clayton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leon & H. Blum Co. Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (approx. mile away); Galveston Office of the National Weather Service (approx. 0.3 miles away); Juneteenth (approx. 0.3 miles away); Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
More about this marker. There are two markers at this railroad museum -- one in the front and one in the rear. This one is in the rear.
 
Also see . . .
Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company Museum image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
3. Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company Museum
The marker is near the building, hidden by the fountain.
1. The Original Union Station. (Submitted on September 11, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Railroad Museum. (Submitted on September 11, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. The Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway Company In The Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on September 12, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
4. Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company
Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
5. Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company Wide View
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 11, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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