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tend it further west towards Gonzales. A large
force of negroes was put to work grading the road
bed and nearly two miles were completed and ties
purchased for that length of road when it was found
that the cost of the iron rails would be too great, so
the undertaking was abandoned. The next year,
however, they took out a charter under the name
of the Harrisburg Railroad and Trading Company.
Though they had a charter now, they made no further
attempt to actually construct the road and
everything was allowed to lie dormant until 1847
when General Sidney Sherman associated himself
with a number of prominent Houston and Galveston
men, secured the lots offered by Mr. Brisco,
and after being assured of financial support by
New York capitalists, he reorganized the road and
secured another charter for it under the name Buffalo
Bayou, Brazos and Colorado railroad. That
road afterwards became the Galveston, Harrisburg

Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed December 22, 2014.