“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The Columbus Tap Railway

Columbus Tap Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
1. Columbus Tap Railway Marker
Inscription. The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado—first railway built in Texas—in the 1850s mapped its route from Houston to Austin through Alleyton (3 mi. E), bypassing Columbus. To retain their town's supremacy in its trade area, Columbus citizens projected a railway of their own, to tap into the B.B.B.&C., at Alleyton.

Organizers were A.M. Campbell, John G. Louge, George W. Smith, C.W. Tait, Isam Tooke, and J.W.E. Wallace — influential planters, merchants, physicians, and judges. Columbus Tap Railway was chartered on Feb. 2, 1860. John G. Logue became president, soon succeeded by E.P. Whitfield. C.W. Tait was treasurer; C. Windrow, clerk. Bonds were issued and construction plans made.

The Civil War, beginning in 1861, disrupted plans. Although the railway proved to be needed by the Confederate Army, and Gen. J.B. Magruder ordered (1863) impressment of 100 men to work on its roadbed, the project failed to reach completion in the war years.

After war ended in 1865, the line was built to the river, where a ferry gave the city rail service. Later the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio (corporate successor of the B.B.B.&C. and the Columbus Tap) ran its line from Columbus to San Antonio. In 1880s this became part of the Southern Pacific System.
Erected 1973
Columbus Tap Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
2. Columbus Tap Railway Marker
by State Historical Survey Comittee. (Marker Number 984.)
Location. 29° 42.436′ N, 96° 32.363′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Travis Street and Crockett Street, on the right when traveling south on Travis Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus TX 78934, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. District Court Tree (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1890 Cornerstone Ceremony (about 500 feet away); Early Site of Doctor Logue's Drugstore (about 600 feet away); Tumlinson Family (about 700 feet away); The Rangers of Austin's Colony (about 700 feet away); Stage Lines Through Columbus (about 700 feet away); Confederate Memorial Museum (about 700 feet away); Stafford-Miller House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . .  Columbus Tap Railway in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on September 3, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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