Mineola to celebrate 90th anniversary of Texas & Pacific Railroad

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The Mineola Landmark Commission, Mineola ISD Junior Historians, and the City of Mineola will sponsor a program Saturday, March 9, commemorating the move of the Texas & Pacific Railroad Terminus from Longview to Mineola, which was completed in March 1929.

All former employees of Texas & Pacific Railroad and their families are invited to attend with the public for this special tribute to Mineola’s history. At 10:45 a.m. a complimentary ride on the Iron Horse Square mini train will be offered and the program will commence at 11 a.m. at the Pavilion west of Mineola Union Pacific Depot. In case of inclement weather, the train ride will be reset Saturday, March 16.

Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of T&P employees, T&P engines, T&P workplace, etc. These will be scanned on sight and returned to the owner. Also, unique T&P memorabilia may be brought for show and tell and shared remembrance.

Refreshments will be served following the ceremony and a tour will be given of the Model Train & Pictorial Railroad Exhibit in the depot.

Prior to the ceremony, T&P employees or a family member are asked to fill out a biographical information form that can be found online at Mineola.com. Information will be preserved for future generations in Mineola’s historical archives.

The mission of Mineola’s Landmark Commission is to preserve the history of Mineola. Mineola has been recognized as a National Main Street City by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Mineola’s downtown district is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. For more information, contact Doris Newman, Mineola Main Street Manager, at City Hall by calling 903-569-6183 or email mainstreet@mineola.com.

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