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Stafford in Fort Bend County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado

First Railroad in Texas

 
 
First Railroad in Texas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, March 4, 2010
1. First Railroad in Texas Marker
Inscription. Planned 1840 to benefit the Republic of Texas by moving rich sugar and cotton crops from plantation areas. Chartered 1841 by 5th Congress of the Republic, in name of Harrisburg Railroad & Trading Company.

H. R. & T. C. did not succeed in building a railroad. Its holdings were transferred in 1847 to Gen. Sidney Sherman, a hero of the Battle of San Jacinto, who was backed by eastern capital and leading Texans -- W. J. Hutchins, Gen. Hugh McLeod, Wm. Marsh Rice (benefactor of Rice University), B. A. Shepherd, James H. Stevens, and John Grant Tod (a former Texas naval officer).

B. F. Terry (destined to lead Terry's Texas Rangers in the Civil War) and W. J. Kyle graded the roadbed. The first locomotive, "General Sherman," arrived 1852.

In August 1853 the tracks extended 20 miles from Harrisburg to Stafford's Point, early Texas center of trade and social life. On Sept. 1, with fanfare, a special train brought a load of honored guests to join planters here for a barbecue-jubilee. Regular schedules were soon in operation. Stafford's Point, end of the line for two years, did much business.

Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado in 1860 reached Alleyton -- a distance of 80 miles from Harrisburg.

Incise in base: Early Travel, Transportation and Communication Series erected by the Moody Foundation.
 
Erected
First Railroad in Texas marker in front of Stafford City Hall. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, March 4, 2010
2. First Railroad in Texas marker in front of Stafford City Hall.
1967 by Texas Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8992.)
 
Location. 29° 36.876′ N, 95° 33.274′ W. Marker is in Stafford, Texas, in Fort Bend County. Marker is on Alternate U.S. 90A, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. In front of Stafford City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford TX 77497, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stafford's Point (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sugar Land Refinery (approx. 4.9 miles away); Texas Prison System Central State Farm Main Building (approx. 6.4 miles away); Hodge's Bend Cemetery (approx. 6.7 miles away); Bellaire (approx. 8 miles away); Bellaire Presbyterian Church (approx. 8.2 miles away); Bellaire Streetcar Line (approx. 8.2 miles away); Texan Capture of Mexican Dispatches (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. From the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on May 4, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. From Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 4, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Marker & Stafford City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 4, 2014
3. Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Marker & Stafford City Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,191 times since then and 73 times this year. Last updated on May 5, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 10, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   3. submitted on May 4, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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