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that fact seems not to have influenced their action,
for they voted for sending a strong delegation to
the Chappell Hill convention. This action was taken
not without opposition, however, for while making
no direct attack on the proposed railroad, Dr. Francis
Moore, the editor of the Telegraph, made a vigorous
fight for the plank road, which he argued was
a present necessity and one, too, which could be supplied
at once, while it would take years to secure a
charter for a railroad and again years to build the
road after the charter was secured.
A fact worthy of special mention is that at that
meeting Mr. Paul Bremond took a most prominent
part in advocating the building of the railroad. This
was his first appearance as a railroad advocate, and
it deserves notice for it was he who was destined to
become the real pioneer in railroad building in
Texas. He had been one of the incorporators of the
railroad chartered in 1848 under the name of the
Galveston and Red River railroad, which road, after
many changes and amendments of its charter, finally
became the Houston and Texas Central.
Mr. Bremond opposed adhering to the plank road
if it was going to delay the building of the railroad,
and advocated speedy action on the latter proposition.
The whole situation was gone over at that
meeting with evident good results, for while neither
the plank road nor the Washington County railroad
was ever built, there was started a movement
towards railroad building that resulted in work being
actually begun on the Houston and Texas Cen-
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 July 13, 2014.