Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sanderson railroad station nears the end of the line

With Chinese crews laying track from the west and mostly Irish working from the east, the two rail gangs met about 50 miles east of here in 1883, with a silver spike marking completion of the California-to-Louisiana line.
Shortly afterward, Sanderson, about 280 miles west of San Antonio, was established as the switching point for Southern Pacific train crews working between Del Rio and El Paso.
A large stone roundhouse and a modern station complete with cafe were built, and for the next century this was a bustling railroad town. Continued

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