Description[Railroads]. First Annual Report of the President and Directors of the H. T. & B Railway Company. Houston: Printed at the Houston Telegraph Office, 1858. First edition. 8vo. 11, [blank],[i]-xxviii pages. Slim sewn printed pink wrappers. Occasional minor foxing and toning throughout; some leaves with shallow folds. Small burn hole to front wrapper, affecting title page. One page with pencil calculations in the top margin. In overall very good condition. Scarce.
The Houston Tap & Brazoria railway, chartered in 1856 to run from Houston to Columbia in Brazoria County "through a remarkably rich country, covered with a dense and luxuriant forest," eventually merged with the Houston and Great Northern in 1873. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
Reference: Winkler 1038.
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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