[M&NW Railroad Historical Marker]

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Photograph of a Texas Historical regarding the Midland & Northwestern Railroad. Inscribed on the marker is "Chartered Jan. 16, 1916, by Midland Farms Co., which was owned by David Fasken of Toronto, Canada. The 65 miles of road were completed from Midland to Seminole in 1918. Operated with an engine borrowed from Texas & Pacific Railway until 1920, when its operations ceased. Fasken purchased the C Ranch in 1912 from estate of Chicago meat packer Nelson Morris, used part of land for track right-of-way, developed railroad to ship cattle to markets and encourage settlement. Town of Fasken at peak had ... continued below

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1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 11 cm., on mat 26 x 31 cm.

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Denton, R. L. 1968.

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Photograph of a Texas Historical regarding the Midland & Northwestern Railroad. Inscribed on the marker is "Chartered Jan. 16, 1916, by Midland Farms Co., which was owned by David Fasken of Toronto, Canada. The 65 miles of road were completed from Midland to Seminole in 1918. Operated with an engine borrowed from Texas & Pacific Railway until 1920, when its operations ceased. Fasken purchased the C Ranch in 1912 from estate of Chicago meat packer Nelson Morris, used part of land for track right-of-way, developed railroad to ship cattle to markets and encourage settlement. Town of Fasken at peak had one-story depot, hotel, general store, two dwelling houses, schoolhouse and stock pens. The standard gauge line had one passenger coach, two flatcars, a mail and express car. Had trouble keeping on schedule because equipment was old and needed repairs constantly. Fireman and engineers shot coyotes en route to break monotony. IN 1920, M. & N. W. went into receivership, and was sold to T. & P. after flash floods floated crossties away from roadbed. After approval by the Texas Railroad Commission, M. & N.W. was abandoned in 1923. Line was without prospects of increasing tonnage, was not prudently located, and would have lost money if operated. (1968)." Below the image is written "R. L. Denton."

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1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 11 cm., on mat 26 x 31 cm.

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Texas & Pacific Railway Collection

Historic photographs, news clippings, and archives from privately donated Texas and Pacific Railway archives. Items chronicle the rise and influence of railroads on West Texas’ evolution during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Abilene Library Consortium

Featuring thousands of newspapers, photographs, sound recordings, technical drawings, and much more, this diverse collection tells the story of Texas through the preservation and exhibition of valuable resources.

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  • 1968

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  • June 27, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

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  • Aug. 7, 2017, 4:38 p.m.

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Denton, R. L. [M&NW Railroad Historical Marker], photograph, 1968; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth860662/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Grace Museum.