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A History of Hemphill County and the City of Canadian is the story of the railroad in the Texas Panhandle. H.Y. Wilson engineered the
first train, engine 299, into Canadian, thus beginning a way of life which would effect the city of Canadian for more than 50 years.
With the railroad came the Depot, Harvey House, Roundhouse, Santa Fe Reading Room, and a population of citizens.



Railroad in the Texas Panhandle PDF Print E-mail

Railroad HistoryA History of Hemphill County and the City of Canadian is the story of the railroad in the Texas Panhandle. H.Y. Wilson engineered the first train, engine 299, into Canadian, thus beginning a way of life which would effect the city of Canadian for more than 50 years.  With the railroad came the Depot, Harvey House, Roundhouse, Santa Fe Reading Room, and a population of citizens. The historic Wagon Bridge (now the scenic walking bridge) was the largest steel construction west of the Mississippi after its construction in 1916.

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Santa Fe Railroad PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 06:00

Santa Fe Railroad in Canadian TexasSanta Fe RailroadCanadian was initially a stop on the first stage lines because there was a shallow crossing spot in the Canadian River nearby. The area surrounding Canadian is reminiscent of the terrain found to the west in New Mexico- large cottonwood trees and dry, angular mesas. After the railroad arrived and built a bridge across the same spot, the town grew quickly, with wooden buildings, town lots, and streets replacing the dugouts and tents.

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Santa Fe Reading Room PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 06:00

Santa Fe Reading RoomSanta Fe Reading RoomLocated on the south end of town, the Santa Fe Reading Room served as a boarding house for men working on the trains. The two story building was marked by a large veranda and a beautiful lawn. One end of the main floor housed a manager and his family while the opposite end served as a yard office for freight trains.

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Santa Fe Depot PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 06:00

Santa Fe Depot Canadian TexasSanta Fe DepotThe brick Fe Depot was completed in 1907. It was situated at the foot of main street. It stood eighty feet long by twenty-four feet wide. The platforms extended three hundred feet from Main street to Purcell Avenue. Men working on passenger trains and traffic signals reported here.


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Roundhouse PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 06:00

Roundhouse Canadian TexasCanadian RoundhouseAfter the brick Depot and Harvey House were completed, work began on the Roundhouse in 1907. The Santa Fe roundhouse suffered tremendous loss in Hemphill County. In 1908 the newly built roundhouse was destroyed by fire. Eleven locomotives and an oil tanker were lost at an estimated cost of $125,000.00.

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