College Station Railroad Depots

College Station Railroad Depots (HM2919)

Location: College Station, TX 77844 Brazos County
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N 30° 36.754', W 96° 20.635'

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In 1871 Texas Governor Edmund Davis appointed three Commissioners to select a site for the newly established Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (Texas A&M College). The Commissioners chose this location in large part because of the existence of the Houston and Texas Central (H&TC) Railroad line which began in Southeast Texas and extended through this area to Bryan (5 mi. north).
Although no railroad depot existed here at the time of Texas A&M's formal opening in 1876, the H&TC Railroad made regular stops here for incoming and outgoing college students and faculty. H&TC Railroad conductor announcements referring to this stop as "College Station" gave rise to the name of the surrounding community.
The H&TC Railroad constructed a depot at this site in 1883 which it replaced with a new depot around 1900. The H&TC depots and another built by the International & Great Northern (I&GN) Railroad just east of this site in 1900 were for many students who attended Texas A&M the first remembrance of their collegiate experience.
Railroad depots owned by the H&TC (later named Southern Pacific) and I&GN (later named Missouri Pacific) maintained passenger service at this location until 1959. In 1966 the last of the depot structures was razed.
HM NumberHM2919
Year Placed1993
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 1:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 754629 N 3389672
Decimal Degrees30.61256667, -96.34391667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 36.754', W 96° 20.635'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 36' 45.24" N, 96° 20' 38.1" W
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Area Code(s)979
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 133 Lamar St, College Station TX 77844, US
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