in collaboration with The Spatial History Project

The Expansion of the Western Railroad

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Please note that the previously published map contained a labeling error.  The maps for 1885 and 1893 incorrectly showed the extent of rail line between El Paso and San Antonio as being part of the Texas & Pacific.  This line was actually part of the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio in 1885, and was a part of the Southern Pacific by 1893.  The extent of rail line north of this, between El Paso and Dallas, was part of the Texas & Pacific in both years.