Friday, March 4, 2011

Comanche Depot, one of Texas' Most Endangered Places

One of Morris Kight's "Doors to the World", The Comanche Texas Train Depot, is in desperate need of restoring !

"Comanche is a rural community and lacks the revenue to restore and repair the neglected building."

It is much too late to save Brownwood's Carnegie Library which was demolished in 1965. Morris had fond memories of Brownwood's Carnegie Library. Did Morris ride the train to Brownwood to study at the Carnegie Library ?

Railroad Passenger Service
In Brown County

Passenger service to Brownwood came with the first train into Brownwood on December 31, 1885 by the Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe Railway. The first passenger was Dr. James Johnson. There was daily service between Brownwood and Lampasas. The Fort Worth & Rio Grande completed its tracks from Fort Worth to Brownwood on July 1, 1891.

Later, as the rail lines were extended, passenger service went to and from the towns of Coleman, Ballinger, Brady, Menard, May, San Angelo, Temple and Fort Worth. At one time Brownwood was served by fifteen passenger trains a day.

Trains from Comanche to Brownwood here

See before pic here

Comanche Texas Depot
Work in progress

Save The Depot
Fundraiser Event – Depot Gala
April 30, 2011 – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Brennan Vineyards – Comanche, Texas

Are you on board? If you would like to get involved, you can mail donations to:
PO BOX 453
Comanche, Texas 76442

Learn more here