The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 63
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Railroads Come to Houston, 1857-1861
by Owen Lynch Cochran, postmaster.180 Out of state mail came
to Houston by way of Galveston. From the beginnings of Hous-
ton the mail had always been brought up by steamer, but on
August 1, 186o, after the connection of the two cities by the
Galveston, Houston, and Henderson, it began coming in by
train.s"' The post office department began a short while earlier to
utilize the service of the railroads out of Houston in carrying the
The secession of the Southern States in 1861, the Federal block-
ade of the Gulf Coast, and the depletion of Texas capital and man-
power during the Civil War brought Houston as a commercial
mart to a halt for four years, but even in this period, the city's
position as headquarters of the Confederate District of Texas, New
Mexico, and Arizona provided a temporary stimulus that carried
the place during a crisis that might otherwise have prostrated it.
IsoCochran had been nominated and confirmed as deputy postmaster of Houston
on March 12, 1857, presumably vice Frederic W. Smith, who had been confirmed
on May 16, 1850.--Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the
United States (Washington, 1887), VIII, 182; X, 241-242.
salHouston Weekly Telegraph, July 17, 1860.
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