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Houston, Trinity and Tyler Railroad


The Houston, Trinity, and Tyler Railroad was chartered on January 7, 1860, to build from a connection with the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad at Houston through the piney woods of East Texas by way of Tyler, Gilmer, and Jefferson. In November 1860 twenty miles of track was under contract, but the approaching Civil War stopped the project. Some grading was done, and the company acquired a few freight cars and rails that were later sold to the Galveston and Houston Junction. An unsuccessful attempt was made to revive the line after the war.

Time Periods:

  • Antebellum Texas


  • Houston

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