- Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway
The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos, and Colorado Railway, the oldest component of the
Southern Pacific Transportation Company, dating to 1852, was the first railroadin Texas.
Construction started at
Harrisburg, Texasand continued west to the Colorado River. Often this line is misrepresented as starting at Houstonrather than Harrisburg, which was at the time separate towns; the towns were then located several miles apart and in were competition with each other. (Harrisburg is now part of Houston, which may be the source of the confusion.)
The original charter called for the line to build to Austin. After the Civil War and financial problems which led to
foreclosurein 1870, the charter was amended and the name changed to the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway. At this time the line was extended to and beyond San Antonio, never reaching Austin. The interests controlling the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway were friendly to those controlling the Southern Pacific.
* A History of the Texas Railroads by S. G. Reed
*Handbook of Texas|id=BB/eqb16|name=Buffalo Bayou, Brazos, and Colorado Railway
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