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Official Time Tables: A complete Table of All Stage Lines and Mail Routes (1894) from the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway Company. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.
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The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway
The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway Company was incorporated in 1884, to fulfill the need for a direct railway route from San Antonio to Mexico. Augustus Belknap became president of the company's board of directors, all of whom were businessmen in San Antonio. George Polk was the surveyor. With no progress upon completion of Polk's survey, Belknap was replaced by Lott as president of the board. Mifflin Kennedy was hired to build the line. Construction began in 1885, and the first train rolled out on the line in 1886. The railroad went into receivership in 1890. After a corporate reorganization whereby Southern Pacific acquired the majority of the stock, the receivership was lifted in 1892. As the Texas Constitution prohibited common control of parallel railroads, in 1903 Southern Pacific was sued by the Texas Railroad Commission. Southern Pacific lost the lawsuit and was compelled to divest itself of ownership of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway. In 1924, a change in statutes allowed Southern Pacific to regain control of the railway. The Southern Pacific relegated the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway into a secondary system and instead leased the track of the defunct San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad on the route from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, now part of the Union Pacific. In 1934, the SP consolidated the San Antonio and Aransas Pass into their Texas and New Orleans subsidiary road, which was the largest railroad in Texas. In November of 1961 the T&NO merged into the Southern Pacific and the T&NO ceased to exist. In 1996, the SP merged into the Union Pacific and the SP ceased to exist.
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