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Texas and New Orleans Railway Passenger Station

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1915; 2006 rehabilitation, Stern and Bucek. 100 block of N. Sunset St.

The Southern Pacific Railroad absorbed many Texas railways, which tended to be underfinanced and often traversed such underpopulated territory that they had inadequate market base. One of the Southern Pacific's early Texas subsidiaries, the Texas and New Orleans (T&NO), acquired the insolvent New York, Texas and Mexican Railway in 1885, only four years after its completion. The passenger and freight station built by the T&NO adhered to the Southern Pacific's standardized design for small-town stations. Its distinctive feature is the wide hipped roof, projecting over the platform to provide shade and shelter. The station was rehabilitated for the City of Wharton as a railroad museum and regional transit center in 2006. It lies at the west end of the central business district, adjacent to the west-side African American neighborhood stretching between the bank of the Colorado River and Spanish Camp Road.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Texas and New Orleans Railway Passenger Station", [Wharton, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 450-451.

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