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Railroad workers stand by the engine of the first train on the new Santa Fe line west of Lubbock.

Railroad coming to Lubbock!
Contract signed to lay tracks from Plainview to city

1909 Lubbock has at last entered into a written contract with the Southwestern Construction Company for the construction of a railroad from Plainview to this place. The contract having been signed in duplicate last Wednesday, by W.A. Cullens, President of the company, as party of the first part and F.E. Wheelock and about fifty of our best and most influential citizens.

The terms of the contract are in short about as follows:

The Southwestern Construction Company agrees to build and put into operation a railroad from Plainview to Lubbock same to be completed during the year 1909, in consideration for which they are to receive from the citizens of Lubbock and Lubbock County the sum of $50,000 the same to be paid within ten days after the trains run into the town of Lubbock. The people of this county are to also furnish the right of way from the north line of Lubbock County to and through the town of Lubbock.

The surveys have been made and the route located to the edge of town. It is here that an expensive part of the right-of-way proposition begins. Two routes have been run by the construction company's surveyors. One comes through the Overton addition and intersects with Texico-Brownwood Survey just South of South Second Street in Overton addition, which line runs in a southeasterly direction through the old town section striking several of the most expensive dwelling houses in town. The other survey through town is on the east side which by the way is the proper place for it, the route that would please the town of Lubbock much better.

The contract provides that the construction company shall have thirty days in which to decide which of the two they shall use, after which, we have till the 20th day of April to secure the ground for them on the right of way of their choice.

To provide this right of way through the town is going to be quite an item of expense and the right-of-way committee is needing a considerable amount of money to procure same with. It therefore behooves every property owner in Lubbock to assist in the matter and sign the bonus notes for right-of-way purposes, so that there need to be no delay when the time comes to deed the ground to the railroad people.

Those who signed the contract, guarantee the bonus and right-of-way. They are your friends and neighbors, and you should not be selfish enough to let them bear the burden of making up a probable deficit. It is proper for you, if you own any property in Lubbock to help this committee all you can, be it little or much.

Other good things are heaving in sight in connection with this contract. In as much as the contract calls for a right of way extending a mile southeast of town to be used by the Texico Cut-off, as well as the Plainview brand of the Santa Fe. This looks good to Lubbock, in the face of the reports that come to us that work is soon to begin on that road.

Lubbock can now be shaping her garments for the accommodation of at least three railroads within the next 18 months. The Plainview extension, the Altus, Roswell and El Paso and the Texico Cut-off.

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