As the United States grew, so did the need for a more reliable transportation system. Travel was difficult in Texas, and it worsened by the expansive and unforgiving terrain in the west. Businesses also needed a way to ship their goods through the expanding area. This prompted the construction of the first railroad in Texas, which opened in 1853.
“Texas History Timeline.” Bullock Texas State History Museum, www.thestoryoftexas.com/discover/texas-history-timeline.