Caboose #13831 - Mineral Wells, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 32° 48.383 W 098° 06.835
14S E 582955 N 3630170
Quick Description: Located at the trailhead of the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway - a rails-to-trails project.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/29/2019 11:43:15 AM
Waymark Code: WM10FJF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 1

Long Description:
Texas History Website

"The Weatherford, Mineral Wells, and Northwestern (WMW&NW) Railroad began operations October 1,1891, and it owned two locomotives. It was chartered in 1889 to build a road from Weatherford to Mineral Wells--about twenty-five miles. in 1895, it had earned $15,561 in passenger revenue, and $38,070 in freight. The Texas & Pacific Railway bought out the railroad in 1902, and extended the line eighteen miles to include the town of Graford.

In 1928, passenger traffic had declined to a point that passenger service was discontinued, and did not resume until the nation began mobilizing for World War II in 1940.

The WMW&NW was merged with the Missouri Railroad Company (The successor to Texas and Pacific) in 1988. The City of Mineral Wells bought the twenty-two and eight-tenths miles of track to Weatherford October 1, 1989. It was the last operator, and kept the road open for freight traffic, for the benefit of local businesses.

The city of Mineral Wells operated as the Mineral Well and Eastern Railroad. In 1992, over a hundred years after the first train chugged along the tracks, the line finally closed.

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Type Of Caboose: Bay Window

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