PAISANO, TEXAS. Paisano was twelve miles east of Marfa and one-half mile west of Paisano Pass, in northeastern Presidio County near the Brewster county line. It became a station on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway in early 1882, when the construction crew reached there from El Paso. When the Paisano siding was built, its elevation of 5,074.1 feet made it the highest railroad station in Texas and the highest one on the GH&SA and its affiliated lines between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Portland, Oregon. Paisano (Spanish for "countryman") was the scene of a train accident on July 8, 1921, when a west-bound freight train exploded and killed the engineer, E. F. Bohlman. When the GH&SA became the Texas and New Orleans Railroad in 1934, Paisano remained a station. By 1961, when the T&NO merged with the Southern Pacific, Paisano had been abandoned by the railroad.
S. G. Reed, A History of the Texas Railroads (Houston: St. Clair, 1941; rpt., New York: Arno, 1981). Terrell County Heritage Commission, Terrell County, Texas (San Angelo: Anchor, 1978).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Julia Cauble Smith, "PAISANO, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvpah), accessed February 09, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history everyday,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles