Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado

Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado (HM1E7F)

Location: Stafford, TX 77477 Fort Bend County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 36.876', W 95° 33.274'

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First Railroad in Texas

Planned 1840 to benefit the Republic of Texas by moving rich sugar and cotton crops from plantation areas. Chartered 1841 by 5th Congress of the Republic, in name of Harrisburg Railroad & Trading Company.

H. R. & T. C. did not succeed in building a railroad. Its holdings were transferred in 1847 to Gen. Sidney Sherman, a hero of the Battle of San Jacinto, who was backed by eastern capital and leading Texans — W. J. Hutchins, Gen. Hugh McLeod, Wm. Marsh Rice (benefactor of Rice University), B. A. Shepherd, James H. Stevens, and John Grant Tod (a former Texas naval officer).

B. F. Terry (destined to lead Terry's Texas Rangers in the Civil War) and W. J. Kyle graded the roadbed. The first locomotive, "General Sherman," arrived 1852.

In August 1853 the tracks extended 20 miles from Harrisburg to Stafford's Point, early Texas center of trade and social life. On Sept. 1, with fanfare, a special train brought a load of honored guests to join planters here for a barbecue-jubilee. Regular schedules were soon in operation. Stafford's Point, end of the line for two years, did much business.

Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado in 1860 reached Alleyton — a distance of 80 miles from Harrisburg. Incise in base: Early Travel, Transportation and Communication Series erected by the Moody Foundation.
HM NumberHM1E7F
Marker Number8992
Year Placed1967
Placed ByTexas Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 4:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 252629 N 3278807
Decimal Degrees29.61460000, -95.55456667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 36.876', W 95° 33.274'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 36' 52.56" N, 95° 33' 16.44" W
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Area Code(s)281, 832, 713
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2610 S Main St, Stafford TX 77477, US
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