Houston Tap & Brazoria Railway Company, a.k.a. the "Columbia Tap" (Tex.), map showing route circa 1865.  

United States, and Calvin D. Cowles. General Topographical Map. [Parts of East Texas and Louisiana] Sheet XXII Plate CLVII. Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington, DC: Govt. Print. Off., 1895.


This map reflects the railroad layout as it existed in Texas by the end of the Civil War in 1865. Baylor University has preserved a complete volume of these maps, gives some explanation of the project that produced this map series. From Baylor's site: "When the War Department began to issue its 70 volume set of records generated by both the Union and Confederate Armies, it also created an Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, published in 1895. Its 175 plates contain more than 1,000 maps, illustrations, and diagrams detailing battlefield maps, scenes from the conflict, and military equipment." According to historian George C. Werner, the road was completed only to Columbia, and thus the line shown on this map from Columbia to Wharton represents only that portion that was graded. Werner notes that the company never crossed the Brazos river [Handbook of Texas, 2015].


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Houston Tap & Brazoria Railway Company (Tex.), map showing route circa 1865.
  Bibiograpy for this entry  

Baylor University, The Texas Collection. War of the Rebellion Atlas (http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/tx-wotr), accessed December 22, 2015.


Werner, George C. "HOUSTON TAP AND BRAZORIA RAILWAY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eqh13), accessed December 22, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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