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Texas Railroad Sesquicentennial - Sesquicentennial Sunday - Central Texas

Texas Railroad Sesquicentennial - Central Texas

King Cotton: The cotton in the foreground is almost ready for harvest, as Norfolk Southern locomotives lead southbound UP train ADEWF south of Mumford, Texas on September 7, 2003.

This is another of the more historically significant photos in the Texas Railroad Sesquicentennial site. In today's petroleum-funded world, it is perhaps difficult for many to comprehend how the lowly cotton boll could have so dominated the Southern economics of the middle and late 1800's. Nonetheless, while sugar played a leading role in birthing the Texas rail network, it was cotton that financed that network's growth across much of the state.

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