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    [Railroads].To the Stockholders of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad Company and the Public Generally. Houston: G. W. Perkins, Printer, 1857 [but withheld from circulation until January 16, 1858 by contractor J. W. Burke]. First edition. 8vo. Sewn printed wrappers. 61 pages, with Burke's postscript regarding a lawsuit against the HTCRR Company tipped to final printed page. Minor chipping and spotting. Very good. Scarce.

    Originally chartered in 1848 as the Galveston and Red River Railway, the company was renamed the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1856. The H&TC reached Dallas in 1872 and Red River City in 1873 where it connected with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas and formed the first all-rail route from Texas to St. Louis to the East. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.

    Reference: Winkler 834.


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    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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