Authors: Toral Patel and Richard White
These three snapshots of the Western United States in 1879, 1885 and 1893 show the growth of railroads across the American West.
Please note that the extent of rail line between El Paso and San Antonio in the 1885 and 1893 maps was originally mislabeled as Texas & Pacific. This line was actually the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio in 1885 and Southern Pacific by 1893. The line north, between El Paso and Dallas, was part of the Texas & Pacific.
Station Construction Data, 1850-1900
How to Run a Transcontinental Railroad