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Transportation Company - Artesian Belt - Railroad

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Transportation Company - Artesian Belt - Railroad
Company Name Artesian Belt
Category Railroad
Year Founded 1908
Final Year of Operation 1920
Termination Reorganized
Successor/Parent San Antonio Southern (Details)
Country United States (Details)
Source of Text Bluford Shops
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Transportation Company - Artesian Belt - Railroad



Company History: The AB was established by a land developer in 1908 and ultimately built a line from Macdonna southeast to Christine, Texas in the region south of San Antonio. The name came from the artesian wells of the area. The venture was a moderate success with the railroad encouraging farmers and ranchers to move into the area. The region became known for its strawberry farms. AB connected with International & Great Northern Railway at Kirk near the north end of the line. The company was sold in 1920 and re-named San Antonio Southern.

Successor/Parent History:
The San Antonio Southern Railway Company was chartered on January 2, 1920. The railroad took over the Artesian Belt Railway, which ran from Macdona in Bexar County to Christine in Atascosa County, forty-three miles of line. That year four miles of line was abandoned between Macdona and Kirk. The San Antonio Southern planned to extend the railroad from Atascosa County to Simmons City in Live Oak County, about seventy miles, and in 1922 requested authority to extend its line to Rio Grande City and Sam Fordyce. However, the extensions were never built.

According to the original articles of incorporation the railroad had a capital stock of $250,000. The principal place of business for the railroad was San Antonio. The members of the first board of directors were Harry Landa, of New Braunfels; J. E. Jarrett, T. B. Baker, Leo M. J. Dielmann, W. R. Wiseman, J. H. Savage, and Henry P. Drought, all of San Antonio; Joseph B. Dibrell, of Seguin; and Thornwell Fay. Most of the San Antonio Southern's earnings came from freight operations, but passenger service was also provided. In 1926 the line reported passenger earnings of $6,000 and freight earnings of $217,000, and the railroad owned three locomotives and eighteen cars.

The New Orleans, Texas and Mexico Railway acquired the San Antonio Southern on January 1, 1927, but continued to operate the line as a separate company. In 1933 ten miles of track were abandoned between Jourdanton and Christine. In 1952 the railroad reported freight earnings of $42,000 and gross earnings of $43,000. That year the railroad rented all of its rolling stock. On March 1, 1956, the San Antonio Southern was consolidated with the Missouri Pacific, which abandoned the line between Kirk and Jourdanton in 1965.

Brief History:
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Item created by: gdm on 2022-11-24 07:57:39. Last edited by gdm on 2022-11-24 07:58:45

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