Denison in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
North-South Railway Connection
On December 24, 1872, a Missouri, Kansas & Texas (Katy) Railroad train carrying 100 passengers arrived here in the newly established railroad town of Denison. Its arrival marked the culmination of years of effort by the Katy to construct a rail line from the border of Kansas and the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) south to the Red River and into Texas. The Katy earned this lucrative right-of-way by being first in a national competition to construct a rail line from St. Louis south to the Indian Territory. Several months later the unheralded connection of the nation's first north-to-south rail service west of the Mississippi River was established here when a Texas Central Railroad train pulled into Denison from the south on March 10, 1873.
In a brief ceremony to commemorate the occasion Denison Mayor L. S. Owings addressed a small crowd by reading the contents of a telegram he had dispatched to Galveston, Houston, New York, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and San Francisco proclaiming his town's new role as a key link in the nation's network of rail lines.
With this connection passengers and shippers could depend on continuous rail passage from the Texas Gulf Coast, where the Texas Central originated, through Denison to St. Louis where rail linkages extended north to Chicago, east to New York, and west to San Francisco.
Erected 1993 by Texas State Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7413.)
Location. 33° 45.322′ N, 96° 32.02′ W. Marker is in Denison, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is on Main Street near the railroad tracks east of Houston Avenue (Texas Highway 120), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 East Main Street, Denison TX 75021, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Signal Company Texas 36th Inf. Div. Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Katy Park Rededication (about 400 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (about 400 feet away); The E. M. Kohl Building (about 500 feet away); Texas Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dwight David Eisenhower (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denison.
Also see . . .
1. Red River Railroad Museum, Denison TX. (Submitted on April 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Denison, Texas. (Submitted on April 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. M-K-T Route Map (Submitted on April 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. (Submitted on April 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.