The Railroads of San Antonio and South Central Texas
The Railroads of San Antonio and South Central Texas tells the fascinating history of how railroads shaped the development of this part of Texas. The book chronicles the construction of the first railroads in the region, their impact on the growth of cities like San Antonio, and the challenges they faced in operating in a largely rural area. It also discusses the role of railroads in the rise of the oil industry in south central Texas and their decline in the later years of the twentieth century.
An excellent study of the role railroads played in our national development and their importance now, as reflected in one region of Texas. —National Railway Bulletin
A lively narrative full of an amazing level of factual detail. —San Antonio Express-News
From the Inside Flap
As Toyota scouted the nation in 2002 for a new plant location, a San Antonio site’s proximity to two rail lines clinched the decision. It was the city’s greatest economic breakthrough in recent years. Of even greater effect was arrival of the first railroad a century and a quarter earlier, launching the region’s first major growth.These are among the landmark events outlined in The Railroads of San Antonio and South Central Texas, the first general interest book to sort out the regional operations and impact of seven rail lines: the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio/Southern Pacific; International & Great Northern/Missouri Pacific; San Antonio & Aransas Pass; San Antonio & Gulf Shore/San Antonio & Gulf; Missouri–Kansas–Texas; Artesian Belt/San Antonio Southern; and the San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf. There is a closing chapter on Amtrak and the Union Pacific.Written by Hugh Hemphill, longtime director of the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, this lavishly-illustrated book is vital to understanding the evolution of an important link in the nation’s transportation system.Included are five appendices that codify data, ranging from an index of towns and the railroads serving them to a listing of surviving depots to a summary of regional railroad museums and tourist railroads.
About the Author
Hugh Hemphill is director of the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.