Welcome to the Texas Transportation Archive  

The TTA is the volunteer effort of researchers Lester Haines and Murry Hammond to digitize their private collection of transportation-related material and place portions of that material online for the benefit of other researchers. Primary emphasis is on railroad history, and those industries that operated their own railroad facilities, such as lumber mills, coal mines, etc. Secondary emphasis is on the region's rich river transportation and stagecoach history. Everything on the TTA is free to access, and use of materials for educational purposes is highly encouraged. Proper credit is always appreciated where appropriate. We hope you find something useful to your research. Happy hunting.

TTA Database Search (Check the Finding Aids for additional material.)
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About the Collections
Companies (Database). Searchable database of basic data on Texas railroads, street railways and logging trams. So far, logging trams have been given the most attention, with information on about 550 companies.
Photographs (Database). Searchable database of images from various photographers and private collectors, most notably the late Richard W. Keeling. Keeling made many picture-taking trips to East Texas, and also traded prints and negatives extensively with fellow photographers C. W. Witbeck, Ralph Carlson, Robert Hanft, Charles Winters, etc.
Manuscripts (Database). Full-text searchable database of several hundred text manuscripts. Notable items include:
  • Correspondence of Richard W. Keeling, approximately 400 pages.
  • Long-form articles on specific sawmilling operations in Texas and Louisiana published in Northwestern Lumberman, American Lumberman, Gulf Coast Lumberman, and the Southern Lumberman magazines.
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Biographies
  • Select items of interest from Interstate Commerce Commission published reports.
  • Select histories and company data published in Poors' and Moody's manuals.
Articles (Use Finding Aid). Histories, news clippings, ICC and railroad commission documents, etc. This is an ever-expanding "scrapbook" of articles in the public domain that shine a light on the history of railroad transportation in Texas and the surrounding region. All articles are text-searchable through the search engine.
Biographies (Use Finding Aid). Biographies and photos from old biographical directories, industry journals, etc. Biographies can be browsed using the finding aid (see navigation menu). All biographies are text-searchable through the search engine.
Directories and Telephone Books (Use Finding Aid). Historic city directories, telephone books and subscriber lists. Significant items include a large number of individual community listings abstracted from the 1914 Texas State Gazetteer and Business Directory, and Dun's Mercantile Directories from 1919 and 1923.

Employee Lists (Use Finding Aid). Lists of railroad employees includes full name of employee, duties, years worked, and residence.

Other States: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, et al. (Use Finding Aid). Lists of lumber mills, logging railroads, and common carriers for bordering states Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Sources include statistics and maps published by the Railroad Commission of Louisiana, ICC statistics, Poor's manuals, and lumber directories.

Maps (Use Finding Aid). Historic topographic maps, soil surveys, early atlases, engineering drawings, etc. show railroad routes, log camps, early road layouts, and defunct communities.

Railroads (Use Finding Aid). Numerous lists of common carrier and shortline railroads, street railways, logging railroads, sawmills, coal mines, etc. Sources include published statistics by the Texas Railroad Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission, Atlas maps, Poor's manuals, lumber directories, and street railway directories.
Rivers (Use Finding Aid). Basic information on the history of Texas river navigation.
Stagecoaches (Use Finding Aid). Lists, maps, etc. on early stage routes and stage lines that operated in Texas prior to 1900.
Texas Transportation Archive
Image from the photograph collection.
Texas Transportation Archive
Thumbnail of an entry in the Company Database.
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Map extracted from a 1910 American Lumberman magazine.


Text and images were digitized and proofread from the original source documents by Murry Hammond. Contact Murry for all corrections, additions, and contributions of new material.