1876 Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad Pass

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1876 Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad Pass
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Number 635 to N. H. Hotchkiss, solicitor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. 1876. Front is in excellent condition with one small stain middle right. Back has paper glued to it. Major Hotchkiss was born in New York and moved to Virginia about 1859. He is best known for his connection with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. He was a pioneer in the movement to bring about a better understanding between the estranged North and South by organizing an excursion of Northern newspapermen South. [Obituary] The Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad Company was chartered on February 7, 1853, to build from Galveston through Houston to Henderson. The company was an important carrier as it was, for a number of years, Galveston's only rail connection with the Texas railroad system centering at Houston. Construction of the "Old Reliable Short Line," as the road was later called, began at Virginia Point on the mainland opposite Galveston Island in 1854. However, the first rail was not laid until 1857 and in 1859 the company finally reached Houston. During the Civil War the railroad remained active, handling the traffic to and from the blockade runners reaching Galveston. The tracks and the Galveston Bay bridge were used by Gen. John B. Magruder in his recapture of Galveston on January 1, 1863. [Texas State Historical Association} (Potter Collection) Date: 1876 Location: Texas HWAC# 58339