Copper Printing Block, 'Cotton Belt Route'
The St. Louis Southwestern Railroad ran from St. Louis and Memphis to Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Gatesville, Texas. By Texas law, the portion in Texas operated separately, as the St. Louis Southwestern Railway Company of Texas, beginning in 1891, operating out of Tyler. By 1915, the system owned 803 miles of main track in Texas, connecting Texarkana, Gatesville, Sherman Hillsboro, Sherman, Tyler, Fort Worth, Lufkin, Stephenville, Cpomanche, and Edson. The Cotton Belt eventually was consolidated with Southern Pacific.