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    [Railroads]. Facts to Establish the Importance of the Galveston and Red River Railway, as a Great State and National Work, and as a Line of Internal Improvement, Required for Present Business and the Development of the Great Natural Resources of Central and Northern Texas. New York: Railroad Journal Job Printing Office, 1854. First edition. 8vo, 20 pages. The booklet is incomplete, missing the last three pages. Original printed wrappers. Both front and rear wraps are moderately damaged and detached from the textblock. Light foxing scattered throughout. Else very good.

    Chartered in 1847 and becoming active in 1852, the G. & R. R. was to begin construction of a rail line that would connect Galveston Island north to the Red River near Texas' eastern border. Two miles of track were laid in Houston beginning in 1855 before the G. & R. R. became the Houston and Texas Central Railway. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.


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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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