Sierra Blanca in Hudspeth County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
America's Second Transcontinental Railroad
(Joined Here in 1881)
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 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 148.)
Location. 31° 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 (a few steps from this marker); Sierra Blanca Methodist Church (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Quitman (approx. 0.3 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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.