Greenville to Mineola

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An envelope from 1919, showing the stamp from the "Greenville & Mineola RPO". (Submitted by Michael Kelsey)

This abandoned railway was built by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Extension Railroad as a branch line from MKT's Texas operations at Greenville to a connection with the Texas and Pacific (Union Pacific today) at Mineola. The first stretch was built southeastward from Greenville to Emory in 1880. The rest of the line was completed to Mineola in 1881.

The line was abandoned in 1956. Today, US Route 69 runs atop the former right-of-way in some places.

See also Abandoned Rails of Greenville.

Interlocking Towers

Nbr Location Railroads Type Authorized Retired Map
62 Mineola MKT, T&P    Mechanical 12/12/1905

I was born and grew up in Denison, where three generations of my family worked for the Katy. When Katy dieselized, it bought GE 70-ton engines for some branch lines, including the Greenville-Mineola branch. These little engines were in use until sold by the infamous Deramus administration.

Harry R. Brown
Denton, TX
12/5/2011

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MKT right of way came through my great grandparents property. I grew up one mile N/E of Point, Texas. The train engineers threw penny bubble gum to us if we ran out and waved as they passed. Point had a depot, stock yard. Highway 69 was built parallel to the tracks in the early thirties creating an economical, convent alternative to rail transportation. Most goods and materials came in via the Katy line prior to the 1930's. Livestock was transported to Chicago and later yo Fort Worth for slaughter from Lone oak, Point, Emory, Alba and Golden prior to WWII. Local sale barns and trucks capable of hauling large numbers ended the rail transport markets in Ft. Worth after the war. Point and Lone Oak sent large amounts of cotton bales from local gins. Emory, Alba and Golden shipped mainly water melons, cantelope, and sweet potatoes. Many local farmers sent cream for making butter and milk to the Greenville and Dallas market area.

I am told that the train stopped beside my grand parents and my gig parents to buy turleys to be prepared for dining car patrons. Story was told to an aunt by a former porter on the train. I used to wonder why my family had such a huge poultry yard.

Joe humphrey
Point
6/27/2015

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