San Antonio & Mexican Gulf
|The charter was granted in 1850 to
connect San Antonio and Victoria, Texas to "any suitable point on
the Gulf between Galveston and Corpus Christi." Construction
started in 1856 and stopped in 1861 when the war made raising funds
impossible. Operations commenced on December 21st, 1860. The passenger
cars and the chairs, etc. required to finish the last six miles that
would be completed arrived at Lavaca on December 18th. The road connected Port Lavaca on the coast with Victoria.
The road was destroyed by the Confederates in late December 1863. A Union general who surveyed the road a few days later said that "the railroad from Lavaca to Victoria is thoroughly destroyed; its destruction amounts more nearly to annihilation than the other roads which the rebels have destroyed. The ties are all burned, and the iron bent, broken, and carried off; the locomotives are broken up by sledge hammers, and the passenger and burden cars are burned."
|Black's Number||107 (map) (map)|
|Track||27 miles of 5 foot 6 inch gauge of 54# T-rail|
|Locomotives||3; 3 names|