Marshall to Elysian Fields

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(Forwarded from the Marshall, Elysian Fields & Southeastern Railway)

The Marshall and East Texas Railway operated 72 miles of track between Winnsboro and Marshall. In 1909, they decided to extend the line 17 miles from Marshall to Elysian Fields, to the southeast. Eight years later, as profits from timber declined, the M&ET fell into receivership, and this extension was revived by itself into the Marshall, Elysian Fields and Southeastern Railway, which continued operating the line in 1922. An effort to extend the line another 10 miles to Lorraine (and a perceived lucrative connection with the Texas and Pacific Railroad there) in 1924 failed, and a majority of the line was abandoned in 1940, with the final segment abandoned in 1945.

I passed through Elysian Fields over this past Labor Day weekend. Saw some areas in town that might have been RR property but nothing for sure.

Dennis Hogan
Frisco, TX
10/25/2014

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