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CONCHO, SAN SABA AND LLANO VALLEY RAILROAD

CONCHO, SAN SABA AND LLANO VALLEY RAILROAD. The Concho, San Saba and Llano Valley Railroad Company was chartered on April 2, 1909, with authority to build a railroad from northeast Tom Green County southeast to a connection with the San Antonio and Aransas Pass in either Kerr or Kendall counties. The initial capital was $250,000, and the business office was located at Miles in Runnels County. Members of the first board of directors included D. E. Sims, W. A. Norman, S. Roach, W. C. Scarritt, and T. K. Wilson, all from Paint Rock in Concho County; T. C. Wynn of San Angelo; and R. A. Love of Kansas City, Missouri. The CSS&LV built two disconnected segments from connections with the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company. Initial construction began in April 1909, and the 16.5-mile line between Miles and Paint Rock opened in December of that year. Construction of the longer route between San Angelo and Sterling City, forty-three miles, began in August 1909 and opened a year later. Work on the CSS&LV was financed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, which acquired the railroad in August 1910. Citizens along the line made donations amounting to $140,973, of which $40,000 was contributed in San Angelo and Tom Green County. A prior agreement between the Santa Fe and the city of San Angelo stated that no additional cash donations would be requested for any Santa Fe extension built from San Angelo. The $40,000 was returned and used to finance Santa Fe Park as well as other parks in San Angelo. The CSS&LV was leased to the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe in 1914. By the mid-1930s improved roads had siphoned off much of the traffic and the line between Miles and Paint Rock was abandoned in April 1937. The balance of the CSS&LV was merged into the GC&SF in December 1948. However, operations between San Angelo and Sterling City were discontinued in July 1958, and the line was abandoned the following year.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

James M. Day, "Railroading along the Concho: A History of the Concho, San Saba, and Llano Valley Railroad Company," West Texas Historical Association Year Book 38 (1962).

George C. Werner

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

George C. Werner, "CONCHO, SAN SABA AND LLANO VALLEY RAILROAD," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eqc18), accessed August 30, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.