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Nbr Location Railroads Type Authorized Retired Map
A Galveston (Galveston Wharves) GC&SF, GH&SA, GH&H    Mechanical 1898
Located at 36th Street
1 Bowie FW&DC, CRI&G    Mechanical 4/17/1902
Burned down in August, 1950
2 San Antonio GH&SA, SA&AP    Mechanical 10/9/1902 1926
Consolidated into Tower 112
3 Flatonia SA&AP, GH&SA    Mechanical 10/9/1902 1996
Preserved in Flatonia as part of Flatonia Rail Park
4 Dalhart CRI&G, FW&DC    Mechanical 11/28/1902
5 Houston SA&AP, T&NO    Cabin 12/4/1802
Consolidated into Tower 139 in 1940
6 El Paso (Union Depot) EP&SW, GH&SA    Mechanical 1/23/1903 1950
Consolidated into Tower 196 in 1950
7 College Station I-GN, H&TC    Mechanical 2/21/1903 1965
Abandonments: College Station to Navasota   
8 Waco (East Waco) I-GN, StL&SW    Mechanical 6/12/1903 1988
Abandonments: Corsicana to Waco   
9 Navasota I-GN, H&TC    Mechanical 6/16/1903 1965
Abandonments: College Station to Navasota   
10 Dallas H&TC, GC&SF    Electrical 6/24/1903 1944
Consolidated into Tower 19.
11 Orange (West Orange) O&NW, T&NO    Mechanical 6/27/1903
12 Houston (Blodgett) SA&AP, GH&SA    Electrical 7/4/1903 1915
13 Houston (Eureka) MKT, H&TC    Electrical 7/4/1903
Consolidated into Tower 26 in 1966
Abandonments: Houston to Katy   
14 Houston (Chaney Junction) H&TC, GH&SA    Electrical 7/15/1903
15 Hearne H&TC, I-GN    Electrical 7/16/1903
16 Sherman H&TC, T&P, StL&SF    Electrical 7/18/1903
Moved to and preserved in Grapevine, TX
17 Rosenberg GH&SA, GC&SF    Electrical 7/23/1903 2/10/2004
Last traditional operating tower in Texas; in operation until February 10, 2004. Moved to and preserved at Rosenburg Railroad Museum.
18 Fort Worth (Hodge Yard) T&P, StL&SW    Mechanical 7/25/1903
19 Dallas MKT, GC&SF, UT, DT    Electrical 7/27/1903 1993
Moved to and preserved at the Age of Steam Museum, Dallas, TX
20 Bells MKT, T&P    Mechanical 7/27/1903
Abandonments: The Denison and Southeastern Railway   
21 Waco (East Waco) StL&SW, MKT, H&TC    Electrical 8/8/1903 1967
22 Dallas (East Dallas) T&P, GC&SF    Mechanical 8/18/1903
23 Milano GC&SF, I-GN    Electrical 9/1/1903
24 Temple GC&SF, MKT    Electrical 9/1/1903
25 Houston I-GN, HB&T, T&NO, HE&WT    Electrical 9/29/1903
Operated alongside Tower 26; abandoned in the late 1920s
26 Houston HE&WT, T&NO, HB&T, I-GN    Electrical 9/29/1903
Demolished on November 10, 2001
27 Quanah FW&DC, StL&SF    Mechanical 10/5/1903
Abandonments: Traces of the Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway   
28 Texarkana T&FtS, T&P    Mechanical 10/20/1903
29 Saginaw GC&SF, FW&DC, CRI&G    Mechanical 10/31/1903
Closed and torn down in March 1985
30 Harrisburg GH&H, GH&SA, PTA    Mechanical 12/31/1903
Also known as "Katy Neck"
31 Beaumont (Connell) T&NO, T&FtS    Mechanical 10/1/1903
Walk-in tower now stands in the same location as previous manned-tower.
32 Beaumont GB&KC, T&NO    Electrical 1/28/1904
Adjacent to mysterious "Mariposa Tower", which was not registered as a proper interlocker tower.
33 Bay City CB, GH&SA    Electrical 2/18/1904 1954
34 Taylor MKT, I-GN    Mechanical 3/5/1904
35 Dallas (Oasis) H&TC, DT, MKT    Mechanical 3/31/1904 1950
36 Bryan H&TC, I-GN    Mechanical 4/22/1904
37 Vernon FW&DC, StL&SF    Mechanical 5/12/1904
38 Galveston GH&H, GH&SA, GC&SF    Electrical 5/16/1904
Located at 49th street; also known as the "Z-Track" tower
39 Kaufman T&NO, TM    Unknown 6/16/1904 1928
Abandonments: The Texas Midland Railroad   
40 Luling SA&AP, GH&SA    Mechanical 6/20/1904 1931
Moved a short distance from its original location and modified to serve as a gas station
41 Navasota GC&SF, H&TC    Electrical 6/24/1904
42 Texarkana T&FtS, T&P, StL&SW    Electrical 7/7/1904
Razed in the 1990s
Abandonments: Texarkana, TX to Shreveport, LA   
43 Cleburne GC&SF, T&BV    Mechanical 7/7/1904
Abandonments: Cleburne to Teague   
44 Hillsboro T&BV, StL&SW, MKT    Mechanical 7/7/1904 1940
Abandonments: Hillsboro to Waxahachie   
45 Malone T&BV, I-GN    Mechanical 7/7/1904
Abandonments: Cleburne to Teague   
46 Hubbard T&BV, StL&SW    Mechanical 7/7/1904 1935
Abandonments: Cleburne to Teague, Corsicana to Waco   
47 El Paso T&P, GH&SA, EP&SW    Mechanical 7/11/1904
Still standing in its original location
48 Yarnell SK, CRI&G    Unknown 7/13/1904
49 Plano H&TC, StL&SW    Electrical 7/18/1904
50 Morgan GC&SF, TC    Electrical 7/20/1904
Unusual structure combining interlocking tower and passenger depot
51 Wallis SA&AP, GC&SF    Electrical 7/20/1904
52 Cameron GC&SF, SA&AP    Electrical 7/21/1904 1959
53 Fort Worth (Ney Yards) MKT, H&TC, FtW&RG, I-GN    Mechanical 7/23/1904
Retired in 1957-58
54 Rockdale I-GN, SA&AP    Mechanical 9/1/1904 1959
55 Fort Worth H&TC, MKT, T&P, GC&SF    Electrical 9/26/1904
Still standing in its original location
56 McGregor GC&SF, StL&SW    Electrical 10/20/1904 1967
Unusual structure combining interlocking tower and passenger depot. The depot remains to this day.
57 Dallas MKT, GC&SF, DT, NTT, CRI&G    Unknown 11/5/1904
58 Alvarado GC&SF, MKT    Mechanical 11/1/1904
59 Waco MKT, SA&AP    Mechanical 11/21/1904
60 Fort Worth StL&SW, GC&SF, CRI&G, FW&DC, FtWB    Electrical 7/1/1905
61 Jefferson T&P, LR&N    Mechanical 8/26/1905
62 Mineola T&P, MKT    Mechanical 12/12/1905
Abandonments: Greenville to Mineola   
63 Mexia (Springfield) T&BV, H&TC    Mechanical 4/26/1904 1977
Abandonments: The Mexia-Nelleva Cutoff, Cleburne to Teague   
64 Greenville MKT, StL&SW    Mechanical 9/24/1906
Lower half of tower remains in place
Abandonments: Abandoned Rails of Greenville   
65 Algoa GC&SF, StLB&M    Unknown 11/4/1906
66 El Paso (Union Depot) GH&SA, EP&SW    Unknown 11/8/1906 1928
Consolidated into Tower 6 in 1928
67 Waxahachie MKT, H&TC    Mechanical 12/1/1906
68 Houston (Englewood Yard) GH&SA, T&NO    Mechanical 3/3/1907
First "yard tower" to be registered; it controlled Englewood Yard with neighboring tower 87. Removed in August, 2010.
69 Celeste GC&SF, MKT    Mechanical 3/30/1907
Abandonments: Paris to Farmersville   
70 Dobbin GC&SF, T&BV    Mechanical 4/25/1907
71 Houston HB&T, HE&WT    Mechanical 7/1/1907
Consolidated into Tower 26 in 1930
72 Corsicana T&BV, StL&SW    Mechanical 11/21/1907
Located less than 1,000 feet from Tower 184
73 Texas City (Texas City Junction) GH&SA, GH&H    Mechanical 2/18/1907
74 Beaumont BSL&W, T&NO    Mechanical 5/15/1908
Two installations existed; the second one was situated alongside a waiting room for Amtrak
75 Amarillo (East Tower) P&SF, FW&DC, CRI&G    Electrical 7/6/1908
76 Houston (Rabbit Crossing) HB&T, HE&WT    Mechanical 11/1/1908
77 Carrollton CRI&G, StL&SW, MKT    Mechanical 12/7/1908
Also known as "Carrollton Crossing", a designated Historic Landmark
78 Garland MKT, GC&SF    Electrical 4/5/1909
79 Paris GC&SF, T&P, TM, StL&SF    Electrical 5/27/1909 1963
Abandonments: The Texas Midland Railroad   
80 Houston (Percival) I-GN, HB&T    Mechanical 7/25/1913
81 Houston (T&NO Junction) GC&SF, GH&SA    Mechanical 5/7/1910
82 San Angelo GC&SF, KCM&O    Electrical 12/28/1910
83 Chillicothe KCM&O, FW&DC    Mechanical 7/14/1910
Abandonments: Chillicothe to Sweetwater   
84 Houston (Walker Avenue) I-GN, HB&T, SA&AP    Electrical 8/10/1910 1988
Consolidated into Tower 117 on June 1, 1971
85 Houston (Baker Street) HB&T, GH&H    Mechanical 5/3/1911
86 Houston (Magers) HB&T, GH&SA    Electrical 3/18/1912
Consolidated into Tower 199
87 Houston (Englewood Yard) HB&T, T&NO    Mechanical 4/19/1911
88 Sweetwater P&NT, KCM&O    Electrical 7/10/1911
Abandonments: Chillicothe to Sweetwater   
89 Houston GH&SA, GC&SF    Mechanical 1912 1918
Mysterious tower that may have never existed; Tower 139 served in its place
90 Victoria GH&SA, StLB&M    Mechanical 1/3/1913 1972
Abandonments: Victoria to Beeville   
91 West Point MKT, SA&AP    Mechanical 10/29/1913
92 New Braunfels MKT, I-GN    Mechanical 11/1/1913
93 Denison H&TC, MKT    Electrical-Pneumatic 10/2/1913 1990
Abandonments: The Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad, The Denison and Southeastern Railway   
94 Midlothian GC&SF, H&TC    Electrical 11/19/1913
95 Brenham H&TC, GC&SF    Electrical 6/29/1914
96 Galveston (Island-Causeway) GC&SF, GH&SA, GH&H    Electrical 9/6/1912
97 Galveston (Lift Bridge-Causeway) GH&H, GH&SA, GC&SF, GHE    Electrical 10/23/1912
The only interlocking tower still in operation. Unusual arrangement as it controls two railroad lines and a boat channel
98 Virginia Point (Causeway) GHE, GC&SF, GH&SA, GH&H    Electrical-Pneumatic 10/14/1912
99 Galveston (Galveston Terminal) GH&SA    Electrical 4/29/1914 1915
Incosistent records indicate that this tower may have been in operation for only 5 months.
100 Elgin MKT, H&TC    Mechanical 2/7/1914
101 Whitewright MKT, StL&SW    Mechanical 12/1/1914 1953
102 Houston (Magnolia Park) GH&SA, I-GN    Cabin 3/31/1915 1963
103 Beaumont (Chaison) T&FtS, T&NO    Cabin 10/8/1915
104 Houston (Bellaire Junction) SA&AP, H&TC, GH&SA    Unknown 11/1/1915 1926
105 San Antonio GH&SA, I-GN    Mechanical 4/29/1916
106 Dallas (North Tower) UT, T&P, MKT    Electrical-Pneumatic 4/26/1914
Tower still standing; used in tandem with Tower 107 to control Dallas Union Terminal; is being sought for use as part of The 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
107 Dallas (South Tower) MKT, StL&SW, UT, H&TC, CRI&G, StL&SF, T&NO    Electrical-Pneumatic 10/1/1916
Tower still standing; used in tandem with Tower 106 to control Dallas Union Terminal; two towers led to removal of Tower 57. Now owned by DART.
108 Houston (Bonner's Point) H&TC, GH&H, MKT    Electrical 4/6/1918
109 San Antonio SAB&T, SA&AP    Mechanical 10/28/1918 1959
Due to oversight, temporary track had to put in place by a crane to cross over existing track in order to serve a customer on the severed line
110 Dayton T&NO, TV&N, DGC    Unknown 6/2/1917 1927
111 Trinity (Rock Creek Lumber) I-GN    Cabin 11/13/1919
112 San Antonio GH&SA, SAB&T    Electrical 12/30/1919
113 Hyatt ET&G, T&NO    Unknown 4/17/1923 1923
114 Sugar Land SL, GH&SA    Mechanical 10/25/1923 1990
115 Eagle Lake GH&SA, CB, SA&AP    Electrical 7/22/1924 1990
116 Houston (Union Station) HB&T    Electrical 3/14/1924
Included nearby "Tower 116-A", a separate tower for interlocking IG&N and GH&H railroads
117 Houston (New South Yard) HB&T    Electrical 3/14/1924
118 Dallas (Belt Junction) H&TC, DBL    Electrical 9/4/1926
Partially destroyed by a fire after abandonment
119 Dallas (T&P Junction) DBL, H&TC, T&P    Electrical 5/18/1926
120 Port Arthur T&FtS, T&NO    Cabin 9/28/1925
121 San Antonio (East Yard) GH&SA    Electrical 4/10/1925 2/27/2001
Destroyed by arson's fire, January 16, 2003
122 Ranger T&P, WFR&FtW    Cabin 1/20/1926 1/21/1955
123 Jefferson J&NW, T&P    Cabin 10/13/1925
Abandonments: Abandoned Rails of Jefferson   
124 Fort Worth (Bird's Siding) GC&SF, FtW&RG    Cabin 11/2/1926
125 Mauriceville T&FtS, O&NW    Cabin 5/22/1929
Unusual structure combining interlocking tower and passenger depot
126 Fort Worth (Violet Street) H&TC, GC&SF    Electrical 6/15/1926
Also known as Polk's Tower
127 Tenaha GC&SF, HE&WT    Cabin 5/22/1928
128 Ballinger GC&SF, A&S    Cabin 4/22/1927
129 Tuscola A&S, P&NT    Cabin 3/15/1927
130 Grand Saline TSL, T&P    Cabin 2/20/1926
Abandonments: The Texas Short Line Railway   
131 Terrell T&P, TM    Electrical 1/19/1927 1958
Abandonments: The Texas Midland Railroad   
132 McNeil I-GN, H&TC    Cabin 7/13/1928
133 Lancaster H&TC, MKT    Cabin 2/8/1928 1934
134 Houston (Pierce Junction) GH&SA, I-GN    Cabin 3/27/1929
135 Canyon (P&SF Yard) P&SF    Electrical 12/9/1927
Built prematurely to RCT's knowledge and authorization.
136 Pampa (P&SF Yard) P&SF    Electrical 5/8/1928
137 Big Sandy T&P, StL&SW    Electrical 8/14/1928
138 Harlingen StLB&M, SA&AP    Mechanical 9/10/1928 1994
139 Houston T&NO, I-GN, HB&T    Electrical 12/20/1928
140 Tatsie H&TC, I-GN    Cabin 2/12/1929
141 Lubbock FW&D, P&SF, P&NT    Unknown
142 Plainview P&NT, FW&DSP    Unknown
143 Devers (R. M. Lumber Co.) T&NO    Cabin 4/5/1923 1928
144 Waco StL&SW, MKT    Mechanical 5/29/1928 1970
145 Edinburg StLB&M, SA&AP    Cabin 1/3/1929 1971
Abandonments: Falfurrias to Edinburg   
146 Edcouch SA&AP, StLB&M    Cabin 2/5/1929 1968
147 Lantana StLB&M, SA&AP    Cabin 3/13/1929 1972
148 Fullerton BSL&W, TV&N    Cabin 4/13/1929
149 Edinburg (Alsonia) StLB&M, SA&AP    Cabin 12/5/1928 1964
Abandonments: Falfurrias to Edinburg   
150 Eastland EWF&G, T&P    Cabin 5/13/1929
151 Rosita StLB&M, SA&AP    Cabin 4/17/1929 1969
152 Wharton GH&SA, GC&SF    Cabin 7/5/1929 1984
Cabin-type interlocker still in place
153 Amarillo (P&SF Yard) P&SF    Electrical 1/21/1929
Noted as "Junior Yard Office" in RCT files.
154 Angleton StLB&M, H&BV    Cabin 7/22/1929
155 Grayburg BSL&W, T&NO    Cabin 7/19/1929 1933
156 Allenhurst StLB&M, GH&SA    Cabin 8/2/1929 9/26/1932
Possibly the shortest-lived tower, operational for 2 to 3 years
157 Blessing GH&SA, StLB&M    Cabin 8/27/1929 1985
158 Placedo StLB&M, GH&SA    Cabin 10/1/1929
159 Mathis SAU&G, SA&AP    Mechanical 11/7/1929 1980
Cabin-type interlocker still in place
160 Cisco T&P, MKT    Unknown
161 Arcola GC&SF, I-GN    Unknown
162 Sugar Land (Sugar Land Junction) I-GN, GC&SF    Unknown
163 Sealy GC&SF, MKT    Unknown
164 Gainesville MKT, GC&SF    Unknown
165 Corsicana FW&D, TE    Unknown
166 Plano TE, StL&SW    Mechanical 1930 1949
167 Hillsboro MKT, B-RI    Unknown
Abandonments: Hillsboro to Waxahachie, Corsicana to Hillsboro, Cleburne to Teague   
168 West Livingston HE&WT, WBT&S    Mechanical 1931 1949
169 Bay City GC&SF, StLB&M    Unknown
170 Conroe I-GN, GC&SF    Unknown
171 Acme QA&P, FW&D    Unknown
Abandonments: Traces of the Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway   
172 Stratford P&SF, CRI&G    Unknown
173 Palestine I-GN, TSRR    Unknown
174 Italy TE, MKT    Unknown 2/24/1931
Abandonments: Hillsboro to Waxahachie   
175 Etter P&SF, CRI&P    Unknown
176 Jacksonville I-GN, StL&SW    Mechanical 1931 1984
177 Amarillo (Dumas Junction) P&SF, CRI&P    Unknown
178 Magnolia (Grogan-Cochran Lumber) I-GN    Unknown
179 Shamrock FW&D, CRI&P    Unknown
180 Milepost 95.2 (Grogan-Cochran Lumber) B-RI    Unknown
181 Mertens I-GN, StL&SW    Unknown
Abandonments: Corsicana to Hillsboro   
182 Prosser (Lufkin) T&NO, A&NR    Mechanical 1936
183 Tyler I-GN    Unknown
184 Corsicana StL&SW, T&NO    Electrical 1937 1988
Located less than 1,000 feet from Tower 72
Abandonments: Corsicana to Waco   
185 Diboll (Southern Pine Lumber) T&NO    Unknown
186 Sherman (SP Spur Track) SP, URW    Unknown
187 Waxahachie (T&NO Compress Track) T&NO, B-RI    Unknown
188 Farwell P&SF    Unknown
189 Houston I-GN, HB&T    Unknown
190 Canadian P&SF    Unknown
191 Marlin MP, T&NO    Automatic 1946 1956
Abandonments: The Waco Branch   
192 Fort Worth CRI&P    Unknown
Also known as Purina Junction
193 Sinton T&NO, StLB&M, StL&SW    Automatic 1946
194 Valley Junction MP    Unknown
195 Pittsburg L&A, StL&SW    Unknown
196 El Paso (Union Depot) T&NO    Electrical 1950
Tower still standing
197 Robstown MP, TMX    Unknown
198 Henrietta MKT, FW&D    Unknown
199 Houston (Settegast Yard) HB&T, MP    Unknown 1952
Originally named "BJ Tower"
200 Athens T&NO, StL&SW    Automatic 1952 1981
Cabin-type interlocker still standing
201 Jacksonville StL&SW, T&NO    Unknown
202 Cleveland T&NO, GC&SF    Automatic 1954
203 Dublin GC&SF, MKT    Unknown
204 Richardson (Arapaho Spur) T&NO, AT&SF    Automatic 1955 1988
Constructed but never used
205 Austin (Colorado River Bridge) MP, MKT    Unknown
206 San Marcos MKT, MP    Unknown
207 Houston (Maury Street) T&NO    Electrical 1958
Tower still standing; consolidated into Tower 26
208 Houston T&NO, HB&T    Electrical 1955
209 Amarillo FW&D, CRI&P    Unknown 1958
210 Houston (Collingsworth Street) T&NO, HB&T    Electrical 1961
Consolidated into and remotely controlled by Tower 26 in 1961
211 Corpus Christi (MP Junction) T&NO, MP    Automatic 1960
212 Lockney FW&D, P&SF    Unknown
213 Floydada QA&P, AT&SF    Unknown
214 Houston (Galena Junction) SP, PTA    Automatic 1966
215 Bloomington MP    Unknown

* Cabin interlockers were those interlocker installations that were manually operated by train crew.


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