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Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad

Site of General Offices

 
 
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By Jim Evans, September 25, 2014
1. Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad Marker
Inscription. Building of a railroad from here to the Brazos, to handle commerce of rich plantations, was attempted unsuccessfully in 1840-41 by early merchant Andrew Briscoe and the Harrises who founded Harrisburg. Their holdings, including Harrisburg townsite, were sold in 1847 to a group of Bostonians and Texans — headed by San Jacinto hero Gen. Sidney Sherman—who succeeded in building the first railroad in Texas.

The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railway was chartered Feb. 11, 1850. Construction materials, shipped from Boston to Galveston, came up Buffalo Bayou by barges. Chief engineer John A. Williams began survey in May 1851. When a few miles of track were laid, the first passengers ever to ride a train in Texas went to Thomas Point (3 mi. W), April 21, 1853, to a celebration featuring salutes from "Twin Sisters" cannon used in 1836 Battle of San Jacinto. Four months later tracks reached Stafford's Point, and B. B. B. & C. operations officially began, with Harrisburg as the terminal.

One block north of here were depot, roundhouse and docks; a half block south, site of 1836 Texas Capitol.

The road was sold in 1870, and name was changed to Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio. It eventually became part of the Southern Pacific system.
 
Erected 1967 by State
Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 25, 2014
2. Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad Marker
Historical Survey Comittee. (Marker Number 10621.)
 
Location. 29° 43.313′ N, 95° 16.659′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Elm Street west of Frio Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77012, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Harrisburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Old Harrisburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vince's Bridge (approx. 3 miles away); The Capture of Santa Anna (approx. 3.9 miles away); Site of Lubbock Ranch (approx. 3.9 miles away); Safety Follows Wisdom (approx. 4.1 miles away); First Airplane Flight Over Texas (approx. 4.8 miles away); Blue Triangle Branch, Y.W.C.A. Building (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Also see . . .
1. From the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on September 26, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. From Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 26, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 25, 2014
3. Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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