The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 60
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
for the use of the "Sunset" name and emblem.42 As to the origin of
the term "Sunset Route," there is no absolute certainty. One
newsman in 1877 recorded that "its line just natually follows the
sun as long as he is in sight.""4
Without documentary evidence the historian could hardly sug-
gest that native Texans have assumed that "Sunset" was a logical
choice for the name of the rail line. A writer in an Austin news-
paper in 1879 probably understood it best.
The sunset ... as seen from the lofty heights south of the river,
was beautiful far beyond comparison, and the remembrance of it
will linger. .. The full moon rising entwined its delicate rays
with those of the setting sun, making one grand, glorious light, that
fell like a mantle of beauty over mountain and valley, enshrining
them in the most wonderful and delicate hues. The very birds were
hushed and all nature seemed to bow down in humble adoration,
before the wondrous charm of the most beautiful panoramas.
The view was one of transcendant beauty, and the sun itself, as if
regretting to leave a scene so divinely beautiful, so matchlessly per-
fect, sent out great streamers of light. ... Not elsewhere amidst the
beautiful earth and beneath the blessed heavens, are there such
42"SP's Sunset Limited Rounds Out 51 Years of Efficient Service," photostatic
material provided the writer by Southern Pacific Lines.
48Houston Texas Sun, April 30o, 1877.
44Austin Texas Capitol, n.d., quoted in San Antonio Texas Sun, August, 1879.
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