Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad

By: Nancy Young

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1995

The Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad was chartered on December 14, 1910, to connect Longview with an area rich in iron ore near Hughes Springs in Cass County, a total of fifty miles. L. P. Featherstone planned the line to transport ore to Port Bolivar on the Gulf and Inter-State Railway, and by ship to Philadelphia, where he had made a contract for its sale. The capital stock was $50,000. The principal place of business was Longview. The members of the first board of directors were L. P. Featherstone, Fox Winnie, and Eugene A. Wilson, all of Port Bolivar; L. C. Luckel and W. D. Myers, both of Houston; W. C. Brothers of Galveston; Lewis L. Featherstone of Beaumont; Murrell L. Buckner of Dallas; and T. B. Stinchcomb of Longview. The city of Longview offered a $10,000 bonus. In 1912 the railroad built thirty miles of track between Longview and Eno. On July 1, 1914, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe leased the line for a period of five years at $40,000 a year. World War I halted further extension of the road. The line was abandoned in 1927.

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

Nancy Young, “Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 27, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/port-bolivar-iron-ore-railroad.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1995