The Texas & Pacific Railway

The Texas & Pacific Railway (HM15MB)

Location: Abilene, TX 79601 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 26.951', W 99° 44.027'

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First Railroad Across West Texas

Chartered March 3, 1871, by Act of U.S. Congress, to build a railroad to the Pacific Coast, the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, under leadership of Colonel Thomas A. Scott, President, began construction across West Texas in 1880. General Grenville M. Dodge, civil engineer and builder of the Union Pacific was in charge. The first train reached the Abilene area in early January 1881 and a station opened for business here on February 28, 1881. The office was in a boxcar at the present Pine Street overpass.

As a policy during its era of construction, the Texas & Pacific promoted the settlement of West Texas. Encouraged by local ranchers, agents of the railway held on March 15, 1881, the first auction of lots in Abilene townsite. On that day 178 lots were sold for $27,550.00. The wisdom of the purchases has since been well confirmed, for Abilene is now the business, agricultural, transportation, medical, educational and cultural center for Central West Texas.
HM NumberHM15MB
Marker Number5242
Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 431029 N 3590463
Decimal Degrees32.44918333, -99.73378333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 26.951', W 99° 44.027'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 26' 57.06" N, 99° 44' 1.62" W
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Area Code(s)325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1007-1099 N 1st St, Abilene TX 79601, US
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