Details for Former Station Site of Spiderweb Railroad (Atlas Number 5215001955)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5215001955


Marker Number 1955
Atlas Number 5215001955
Marker Title Former Station Site of Spiderweb Railroad
Index Entry Spiderweb Railroad, Former Station Site of
Address 501 S. FM 1015 (Business)
City Progreso
County Hidalgo
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 604181
UTM Northing 2886126
Subject Codes railroads; land surveys, land companies, promotional towns
Marker Year 1982
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location former train depot, east side of FM 1015 (Business), NE of intersection with Johnny Vela St.
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The agricultural boom that marked the early development of this area was due in large part to the San Benito & Rio Grande Valley Railroad. Begun in 1912 by Missouri native Sam A. Robertson (1867-1938), it was called the Spiderweb Railroad because of its intricate network of lines and spurs. The railroad built a station here in 1926 as the hub of a community and citrus production center planned by the Progreso Development Co. Through early valley shipping centers such as Progreso, local produce was first transported to markets nationwide. (1982)