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Commercial Building (Burlington–Rock Island Railroad Depot)

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c. 1905. 423 S. College St.

The Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railroad, the southern component of a Midwestern rail system commonly called the “Rock Island,” was chartered in 1902 to build a line from Fort Worth through Dallas to Galveston. This station and an identical one in Corsicana (CW14) were constructed as the railroad was extended south. With its octagonal telegrapher’s tower, flared hipped roof with deep eaves, and arched passageway, the design recalls Richardsonian Romanesque stations built in the northeast during the 1880s.

Across the track at 501 S. Rogers is the Waxahachie Depot (c. 1895), built by the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway (“Katy”). The orientation of the two stations reflected the converging, nonparallel track alignment.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Commercial Building (Burlington–Rock Island Railroad Depot)", [Waxahachie, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 88-88.

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