The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 105, July 2001 - April, 2002 Page: 494
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This image of the state line marker at Farwell traveled through the U.S. Mail as a
photo postcard on September 29, 1925. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Railway Co. operated passenger service from Kansas across the Texas Panhandle
to California via Farwell, and was required by Texas statute to separate black and
white passengers during the hours its trains crossed the Panhandle. In 1947 the
Texas Railroad Commission received a letter of complaint from a passenger on
the Santa Fe "Scout" between Wichita, Kansas, and Los Angeles, reporting that
black and white passengers were not being segregated when the train crossed
the Texas Panhandle. The commission replied that federal law prevented the
segregation of interstate passengers, but that the old practice remained a matter
of custom in more interior parts of the state. In fact, by this time the agency was
no longer enforcing the Texas statute at all. William S. Osborn's article,
"Curtains for Jim Crow: Law, Race, and the Texas Railroads," which addresses
the slow process of ending segregation on Texas railroads, begins on page 393
of this issue. Postcard courtesy the collection of William S. Osborn.
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