Description[Railroads]. A Bill to be Entitled An Act to Incorporate the Houston, Trinity and Tyler Railroad Company. (As Amended.) Galveston: Printed at the "Civilian" Book and Job Office, 1860. First edition. 8vo. Slim pamphlet. 8 pages. Printed self-wrappers. General minor wear. Three horizontal creases to pamphlet (folded in half, then folded in half again). Very faint foxing. Very good. The railroad was chartered in 1860, but the project was abandoned at the onset of the Civil War. Scarce. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
Reference: Winkler 1350a.
Benjamin Armistead Shepherd was born in Virginia on May 14, 1814. Due to the poor conditions of the land and a dwindling family fortune, he left Virginia in the 1830s and arrived in Galveston, Texas. He married Mary Dobson in 1841 and settled in the growing town of Houston. A personal friend of General Sam Houston (whom he had met at age 19), Shepherd established himself as a prominent landowner and one of the foremost citizens of Houston, involving himself in many entrepreneurial adventures before founding and serving as president of the First National Bank of Houston in 1866. In 1875, he arrived in the newly formed San Jacinto County where he organized the town of Shepherd along the proposed Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. He died in Houston in 1891.
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