The above photograph from the Texas City Library collection shows what appears to be locomotive No. 10 at the original Texas City station which was located on 1st Avenue North between 5th and 6th Streets. As mentioned in the Motive Power section, it is not clear what type of locomotive is pulling the passenger train, but it is an older one. The “train” that it is pulling is a wood single car, with a baggage section in the center.
By the way, the angled wood frames in the foreground are “cattle guards”, structures meant to keep livestock inside fenced areas yet allow other traffic to pass through. Or outside fenced areas.
In 1909, the Texas City Transportation Company issued bonds which were then used to improve the physical plant of the port and it’s railroad. This included moving the location of the passenger station to a spot close to the Company’s offices.
This move was not without controversy. Wheaton writes:
The construction of a new depot in a location then outside of the platted townsite did not meet with the approval of the inhabitants who had bought lots and built houses and business enterprises in the First and Second Divisions. It was well known that the development intended only to enhance the value of a proposed extension of the city. Before automobiles were common, a mile made a lot of difference. Discussion and agitation did not result in action until the new depot was nearly completed and a new track ready for the first train, when some of the indignant citizens traveled to Galveston and obtained an injunction against the abandonment of the old depot and the use of the new. Word reached the Terminal Company that a temporary injunction had been granted and would be served on the company the following morning. During the night, the contents of the old depot were loaded into box cars. To the astonishment of the citizens, when morning dawned even the railroad track leading to the old depot was gone, and the new depot was open for business.
A Sanford Insurance map shows the passenger station being located adjacent to 10th Street N, near 9th Avenue N.