Rock Island Railroad

In 1893, the Rock Island Railroad laid tracks between the Oklahoma border and Ft. Worth. The railroads used coal as fuel and chose the path through this area to take advantage of the valuable resource. The town was moved from the banks of the Trinity to it’s current location.  

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Coal, Oil & Gas

Soon after the toll-bridge was built, coal was discovered nearby during the drilling of a water well. Mines resulted which brought a wave of Mexican families and other immigrants to live. Oil and gas, rock crusher and the trucking industries were the natural result.

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Butterfield Stage Line

The Butterfield Overland Mail Company operated in Texas from 1858 to 1861, when the route was moved further north due to financial reasons and Civil War unrest. In the meantime a community sprang up at the location of a toll-bridge over the Trinity River, Bridgeport.

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