A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912

THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 71
roads physically, with the result that through reorganization
and other methods, by 1870 about every
railroad in Texas had changed hands.
With the completion of the Houston and Texas
Central to Denison and its connection there with the
Missouri, Kansas and Texas, thus forming a
through line to St. Louis, and the completion of
the Texas and New Orleans line to New Orleans,
and the extension of the Galveston, Houston
and San Antonio to San Antonio, Houston, became
a railroad center at once. Then the International
and Great Northern was built and
since the late seventies nearly each year has
seen additions to Houston's railroads until now
there are seventeen roads centering here and Houston
is now one of the greatest railroad centers in the
country. ,
It is interesting to note the difference in the railroad
situation in Texas, and in Harris county, in
particular, since the close of the war. As noted in
the foregoing there were, at the close of the war,
less than 870 miles of railroads in the whole State.
Today Harris county alone has 450 miles within its
limits, valued at $20,000,000, and, of this there is
invested in terminal facilities at Houston about
$12,0oo,0oo.
According to the census report there are 2,848
trainmen and clerks and 8,000 shopmen, or a total
of 5,848 employes of the railroads paid off here, the
total amount of their salaries and wages footing up
$7,000,000 in round numbers Really Mr. Bremond

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 February 26, 2015.