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

Railroads in Rockdale

 
 
Railroads in Rockdale Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, June 8, 2014
1. Railroads in Rockdale Marker
Inscription. Rockdale owes its founding to the International & Great Northern rail line, along which the town was laid out in 1873-74. The railroad gave area farmers access to markets for their crops, and Rockdale became a shipping point for farmers and other local businesses. The San Antonio & Aransas Pass (later Southern Pacific) Railroad operated a north-south route through Rockdale from 1891 to 1959, further contributing to economic growth. The Rockdale, Sandow and Southern Railroad, chartered in 1923 to carry lignite coal to area customers, became Rockdale's third rail line. Although the last passenger train left Rockdale in 1970, the railroad remains a significant part of the community's heritage.
 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12561.)
 
Location. 30° 39.275′ N, 97° 0.056′ W. Marker is in Rockdale, Texas, in Milam County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and West Milam Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 North Main Street, Rockdale TX 76567, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Depot (a few steps
International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Depot image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
2. International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Depot
from this marker); The Kay Theater (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jewish Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Matinee Musical Club (approx. ¼ mile away); La Recluta and La Escuelita (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of the Mission San Ildefonso (approx. 5.8 miles away); Site of Mission San Francisco Xavier de Los Dolores (approx. 7.2 miles away); Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockdale.
 
Also see . . .  Rockdale International & Great Northern Railroad Depot & Heritage Museum. (Submitted on June 14, 2014.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Car and Caboose image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
3. International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Car and Caboose
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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