Welcome to the Texas Transportation Archive
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Texas Transportation Archive (TTA) is the volunteer effort of researchers Murry Hammond and Lester Haines to provide access to their private collections of rare photographs, maps, and manuscript material related to Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Everything on the TTA site is free to access, and we encourage the liberal use of our materials for educational purposes and personal research. Credit is always appreciated where appropriate. We hope you enjoy the materials presented here and that you find something useful for your research.
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Photographs Database

Approximately 2100 images are organized into a searchable database. Notable photographers and collections include those of Richard W. Keeling, H.J. Heaney, C.W. Witbeck, Ralph H. Carlson, Robert Hanft, Joe Thompson, Charles Winters, Mack Tomme, and others.

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Historic topographic maps, soil surveys, early atlases, engineering drawings, etc. show railroad routes, log camps, early road layouts, and defunct communities.

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Internal pages include original histories, news clippings, ICC and Railroad Commission documents, long-form articles from period publications, etc. This is an ever-expanding "scrapbook" illuminates the history of railroad transportation in Texas and the surrounding region. Additional material is text-searchable through the search engine.

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Biographies and portrait photos from period 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.

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Manuscripts Database

Full-text searchable database of several hundred text manuscripts. Notable items include:

  • Correspondence of Richard W. Keeling, approximately 400 pages.
  • Oral Histories
  • 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 reports.
  • Select histories and data from Poors' and Moody's manuals.

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  East Texas Logging Railroads  
East Texas Logging Railroads is Coming in 2016 from Arcadia!
TTA's own webmaster and resident railroad history nut Murry Hammond is happy to announce that his pictorial East Texas Logging Railroads is scheduled for release April 11, 2016 under Arcadia Publishing's "Images of Rail" imprint. 128 pages, about 220 photographs and a lot of history. Murry extends a grateful thanks to everyone that contributed!
  East Texas Logging Railroads  
Logging Railroads of East Texas Gets A Reissue
Lester Haine's "Logging Railroads of East Texas" CD was originally issued in 2002 as a digital publication in CD format. Lester created the publicafion to be the final issue of his popular and long-running Journal of Texas Shortline Railroads & Transportation. Copies can be obtained online by visiting Lester's eBay store.