Details for Southern Pacific Freight Depot (Atlas Number 5507014930)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507014930


Marker Number 14930
Atlas Number 5507014930
Marker Title Southern Pacific Freight Depot
Index Entry Southern Pacific Freight Depot
Address 306 S. Market St.
City Brenham
County Washington
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 750780
UTM Northing 3340042
Subject Codes railroad depots; railroads
Marker Year 2003
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size RTHL medallion and 16" x 12" plaque
Marker Text In the early 1860s, local residents built a county rail line to connect to the Houston & Texas Central Railway, which bought the line in 1869. Brenham became a regional distribution center, and its population grew dramatically. Circa 1916, the H&TC, then owned by Southern Pacific Railroad Co., built this depot. Southern Pacific maintained a presence in Brenham until 1975. The brick rectangular building retains its original brick and limestone stringcourses and Prairie School influenced corbelled pendants. Today it serves as a reminder of the town;s early growth as a railroad center. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2003