First Railroad Across West TexasChartered March 3, 1871, by Act of U.S. Congress, to build a railroad to the Pacific Coast, the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, under leadership of Colonel Thomas A. Scott, President, began construction across West Texas in 1880. General Grenville M. Dodge, civil engineer and builder of the Union Pacific was in charge. The first train reached the Abilene area in early January 1881 and a station opened for business here on February 28, 1881. The office was in a boxcar at the present Pine Street overpass.
|Placed By||State Historical Survey Committee|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:18pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14S E 431029 N 3590463|
|Decimal Degrees||32.44918333, -99.73378333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 26.951', W 99° 44.027'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 26' 57.06" N, 99° 44' 1.62" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1007-1099 N 1st St, Abilene TX 79601, US|
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