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
Cars 41
Buildings Victoria only
Stations 3
Officers Some
Significant Documents
NP, HT 1-1-61
NP, SG 1-5-61
NP, GTN 1-8-61
NP, HT 1-22-61
NP, CCT 2-9-61
NP, HT 2-12B-61
NP, HT 2-12C-61
NP, GTN 2-19-61
NP, AE 2-23-61
NP, AE 3-1-61
NP, DLT 3-15-61
NP, AE 3-29-61
NP, DLT 4-1-61
NP, DLT 4-2-61
NP, AE 4-15-61
TX, SA&MG 4-18-61
NP, DLT 4-19-61
NP, DLT 4-24-61
NP, STD 5-25-61
TX, SA&MG 5-31-61
TX, SA&MG 9-23-61
NP, MAP 9-26-61
NP, SN 10-18-61
NP, VA 1-18-62
NA, SA&MG 1-29-62
NA, S&MG 3-27-62
NA, S&MG 3-27A-62
NA, SA&MG 3-31-62
TX, SA&MG 11-6-62
OR Series 1, Vol. 15, Page 909
NA, SA&MG 1-19-63
NA, SA&MG 7-19-63
NA, SA&MG 8-8-63
NA, SA&MG 8-31-63
NA, SA&MG 8-31A-63
NA, SA&MG 8-31B-63
NA, DT 11-23-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 446
NA, SA&MG 12-7-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 490
NA, SA&MG 12-8-63
NA, SA&MG 12-8A-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 505
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 506
NA, SA&MG 12-16-63
NA, SA&MG 12-21-63
NP, HT 12-21-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 515
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 523
NA, SA&MG 12-27-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 546
NA, SA&MG 1-7-64
NA, DTM 1-15-64
NP, WJ 1-29A-64
NP, RD 1-30-64
NP, RCF 2-23-64
NA, DT 3-12-64
NP, HT 1-25-65

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