- Annual Meeting
- Get Involved
HUNTSVILLE BRANCH RAILWAY
HUNTSVILLE BRANCH RAILWAY. The Huntsville Branch Railway Company was chartered on April 4, 1871. The line was organized by citizens of Huntsville, who had refused to offer the Houston and Great Northern Railroad Company a bonus to build its line from Houston to Palestine through their city. As a result the main line of the Houston and Great Northern was built through the site of Phelps, seven miles east of Huntsville. On January 4, 1872, the Huntsville Branch Railway Company contracted with Shepherd, Mitchell, and Henry to build the line for $108,000 in Walker County bonds and right-of-way from Phelps to Huntsville, while the Houston and Great Northern agreed to supply rails, spikes, and other track material. The line was completed on March 26, 1872, and operated by the Houston and Great Northern until it was merged with that company on May 8, 1873.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, George C. Werner, "HUNTSVILLE BRANCH RAILWAY," accessed June 21, 2018, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eqh17.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.