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Where 17 Railroads Meet the Sea

Houston’s Chamber of Commerce for many years touted the city as the place “Where 17 Railroads Meet the Sea” but the railroad references were less than precise.

Thanks to Texas railroad historian George Werner, we can offer these possibilities, based on companies in operation ca. 1926. Those with rudimentary math skills will note that George has come up with 18 possibilities!

Southern Pacific Lines
Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway
Dayton-Goose Creek Railway*
Houston East & West Texas Railway
Houston & Texas Central Railroad
San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway
Texas & New Orleans Railroad

Missouri Pacific Lines
Beaumont, Sour Lake & Western Railway
Houston North Shore Railway
International-Great Northern Railroad
St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railway
Sugar Land Railway

Galveston-Houston Electric Railway
Galveston, Houston & Henderson Railroad
Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway
Houston Belt & Terminal Railway
Missouri-Kansas-Texas RR Co of Texas
Port Terminal Railroad Association
Trinity & Brazos Valley**

*Reached Houston Ship Channel
**Burlington-Rock Island Railroad after July 7, 1930

“Seventeen Railroads” image provided by Doug Weiskopf courtesy Texas Room, Houston Public Library.


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