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Lecture - Rails Around Houston - History of Our Railroad Town by Douglas L. Weiskopf

  

Several railroads were chartered by the Republic of Texas, and the first line built was the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado, which began construction near the Port of Houston Turning Basin in 1851. The BBB&C line became the oldest segment of the first US transcontinental railroad under sole ownership. By the time Spindletop blew in 1901, Houston was such a transportation hub that it became the heart of the petrochemical industry.

 

For many years, the chamber of commerce proudly proclaimed that Houston was the place "where seventeen railroads meet the sea." Historian Douglas L. Weiskopf will detail Houston's history by way of the railroad. Following Weiskopf's presentation, the "Trains Over Texas" exhibition will be introduced by Glen Rosenbaum and all will be invited to experience the miniature grandeur. A book signing of "Rails Around Houston" will also be offered.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

 

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