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GEORGETOWN RAILROAD

GEORGETOWN RAILROAD. The Georgetown Railroad Company was chartered on May 31, 1878, to build a railroad between Georgetown and Round Rock. The railroad had capital stock of $50,000, and the principal office was in Georgetown. The members of the first board of directors were Emzy Taylor, Moses E. Steele, Thomas B. Hughes, J. H. Rucker, Duncan G. Smith, and John J. Dimmitt, all of Williamson County, and David Love. By the end of 1878 the Georgetown had built ten miles of track from Georgetown to Round Rock, but soon thereafter it encountered financial problems. The railroad was sold at foreclosure on August 5, 1879, and bought by George M. Dilly, acting for the receiver of the International-Great Northern Railroad. The Georgetown was quickly leased to the I-GN and merged with that company in 1882. The branch was operated by the I-GN and its successors until 1959, when it was sold to the Georgetown Railroad Company. This company was incorporated on July 25, 1958, to acquire about eight miles of the Georgetown branch then owned by the Missouri Pacific, as successor to the I-GN. The new company acquired the property on March 16, 1959. Although it serves other customers, the major industry on the Georgetown Railroad is the large quarry of the Texas Crushed Stone Company, located near Georgetown. On June 3, 1991, the Georgetown Railroad acquired that portion of the Belton Railroad east of I-35 at Belton and began operating this line as its Belton Subdivision. In 1990 the Georgetown Railroad owned seventeen locomotives and 1,299 cars.

George C. Werner

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

George C. Werner, "GEORGETOWN RAILROAD," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eqg13), accessed July 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.