Details for Abilene & Southern Depot (Atlas Number 5507014601)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507014601


Marker Number 14601
Atlas Number 5507014601
Marker Title Abilene & Southern Depot
Index Entry Abilene & Southern Depot
Address US 83 (S. 7th Street)
City Ballinger
County Runnels
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 410466
UTM Northing 3511576
Subject Codes railroads
Marker Year 1978
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location S. 7th Street between Sealy and Ball
Marker Size RTHL medallion and plate
Marker Text Morgan Jones (1840-1926), a Welsh-born railroad builder, and his nephews Morgan C. (1876-1964) and Percy Jones (1885-1951) built the Abilene and Southern Rail Line in 1909 between Abilene and Ballinger. This stone structure was finished soon after the first train arrived, Sept. 9, 1909. The design, with octagonal twin towers, was unusual for depots of that era. The railroad did a flourishing passenger and freight business. Passenger service ended in 1941 and freight service in 1966. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1978