America's Second Transcontinental Railroad

America's Second Transcontinental Railroad (HM15A8)

Location: Sierra Blanca, TX 79851 Hudspeth County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 10.481', W 105° 21.445'

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(Joined Here in 1881)

Great achievement in American history. Victory for statesmen, including Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, who early as 1845 had supported in the United States Congress the idea of a transcontinental railroad. This was effected in 1869, but a need remained—as advocated in the Congress—for a southern route.

In 1869 the Southern Pacific began constructing such a line eastward from the west coast. In 1871 the Texas & Pacific began building a line, under a special Act of Congress, from east Texas to southern California.

They ran a dramatic race which reached its climax as construction crews for the roads neared this site. Southern Pacific reached Sierra Blanca on Nov. 25, 1881—while crews of the Texas & Pacific were 10 miles to the east of here.

On Nov. 26, 1881, an agreement was reached by Jay Gould, for the Texas & Pacific, and Collis P. Huntington, for the Southern Pacific, whereby in Sierra Blanca the roads would "?approach, ?meet,.. and?form one continuous line to the Pacific Ocean..."

The lines were joined here on Dec. 15,1881, and on Dec. 16 transcontinental service was inaugurated.
HM NumberHM15A8
Marker Number148
Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 9:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 465941 N 3449016
Decimal Degrees31.17468333, -105.35741667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 10.481', W 105° 21.445'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 10' 28.86" N, 105° 21' 26.70" W
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Area Code(s)915
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1003 Farm to Market Rd 1111, Sierra Blanca TX 79851, US
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