New York, Texas & Mexican Railroad and The Community of Hungerford

New York, Texas & Mexican Railroad and The Community of Hungerford (HM2C8Q)

Location: East Bernard, TX 77435 Wharton County
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N 29° 23.933', W 96° 4.617'

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Attracted by the State of Texas' offer of free land to railroad developers, a charter for the New York, Texas & Mexican Railroad was secured in 1880. Its major investor, John W. Mackay, made his fortune in the Nevada silver mines. His brother-in-law, count Joseph Telfener of Lombardy, Italy, arranged for the construction. Work began in 1880 on the 91-mile stretch of railroad track between Rosenberg and Victoria. The pasta diet of many of the Italian laborers lent itself to the railroad's nickname, the "Macaroni Line."

Telfener and Mackay established six stations along the line—Inez, Louise, Edna, Hungerford, Telfener, and Mackay and named them for themselves and family members. The community of Hungerford was named for their father-in-law Daniel E. Hungerford, who served as vice-president of the New York, Texas & Mexican Railroad. Not the successful business venture they had envisioned, the company was sold to Southern Pacific Railway in 1885.

With an economy based on farming and ranching, the community of Hungerford has continued to flourish over the years. Its origin is a reflection of the varied history of the railroad in Texas.

Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
HM NumberHM2C8Q
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 783669 N 3255733
Decimal Degrees29.39888333, -96.07695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 23.933', W 96° 4.617'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 23' 55.98" N, 96° 4' 37.02" W
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Area Code(s)979
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 214 E Railroad St, East Bernard TX 77435, US
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