The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 295
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College, expended a surprisingly large amount of research energy
in putting together this slender volume. He has three subjects
in one small book. There is a brief biographical sketch of Paul
Bremond, an "emigre" New Yorker who was an old-fashioned
speculative businessman and an ". . earnest believer in spirit-
ualism"; a history of Bremond's pioneer East Texas railroad; and
finally mostly anecdotal sketches of several interesting railways
that crisscrossed the piney woods. This last topic is tied in because
these roads were the "Connecting Lines" of the Houston, East
and West Texas Railway.
Paul Bremond moved to Galveston in 1839, but three years
later settled in Houston where he began operating a general
merchandise and commission business. Like local merchants in
most port cities in the mid-nineteenth century he was intensely
interested in rail connections with the hinterland. He was one of
the chief promoters of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad
from Houston via Corsicana to Dallas. But Bremond expended
most of his time and all his fortune on constructing a road run-
ning from Houston through the center of the pine forests of
East Texas and terminating in Shreveport. He and a group of
Houston associates chartered the road in 1875 and began con-
struction the same year. Built with pine ties and trestles the
narrow gauge railway met its Louisiana-chartered counterpart,
the Houston and Shreveport, at the Sabine River late in 1885.
Bremond died in May, 1885, without seeing the road completed.
Never able to interest enough Houston capitalists in the venture,
he had used most of his funds and then heavily mortgaged the
line to New York financiers. The railway passed into receivership
in 1886, was sold and reorganized six years later, and was operated
as an independent until 1898 when it became part of the Southern
Professor Maxwell's basic sources are the Southern Pacific
Papers in the Regional Office at Houston along with Houston
and Nacogdoches newspapers. He also consulted the usual sources
for transportation history and conducted a large number of
personal interviews. The book is clearly written and carefully
footnoted. The author, however, apparently aimed his book at
two groups that are usually quite different in their demands,
professional historians and local antiquarians interested in local
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