Vol 8, No 130
May 10, 1869
Railroad Unites East and West in Utah
PROMONTORY UT (1869)
On this date in 1869, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad met at Promontory Point Utah and united to form the nations first Trans-Continental Railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad soon merged with the Southern Pacific.
In 1883, a southern all-weather route was opened between New Orleans and Los Angeles by the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Texas based Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad. The “Sunset Route” is still used today by Amtrak and is probably best known for it's High Bridge over the Pecos River Canyon near Langtry.
US Military sails in search of Camels
WASHINGTON DC (1855)
On this date in 1855, Major H.C.Wayne received Presidential orders to organize a Camel Brigade for Texas.
A Ship was placed at the Major's disposal, and soon, he sailed for North Africa to purchase desirable beasts.
Spending $12,000, Maj. Wayne returned with 33 camels and several Arabs and Turks to assist in training. The camels were unloaded at Indianola on May 13, 1856, bound for Camp Verde in the Texas Hill Country.
Today, at Camp Verde Store, just west of the remains of the old camel outpost, souvenirs and posters still celebrate this moment in Texas' colorful history.