It was a big deal in the growing community of Mansfield when the railroad came to town. And it significantly impacted its growth.
One of the many exhibits at the Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center focuses on the history of the railroad in Mansfield. In 1886, the Fort Worth and New Orleans Railway Company laid 42 miles of track connecting Fort Worth and Waxahachie. Thanks to the generosity of four local citizens, J.H. Wright, Dr. P.M. House, A.J. Dukes and P.R. Bell, Mansfield was able to entice the company to ensure that the line went through Mansfield.
Access to a railroad provided great economic and travel opportunities to the citizens of Mansfield and helped shape the future of the town. Just four years later, Mansfield was officially incorporated by the State of Texas.
Find out more about the railroad's development and its impact on Mansfield at the Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center.