Exhibit Status: Temporary

The WBT&S: The Little Railroad That Could

December 14, 2020

The WBT&S: The Little Railroad That Could

This exhibit shows the history of a shortline railroad in East Texas. Although small, it played a very large role in the communities it served. This exhibit includes photographs, oral history, and some of the last remaining artifacts from the WBT&S.

Lt. Governor Ben Barnes’ Whistlestop Tour

Lt. Governor Ben Barnes’ Whistlestop Tour

For his 1972 campaign for Texas Governor, Lt. Governor Ben Barnes led a bombastic whistle stop tour across the state. Chartered by the Santa Fe Railroad, the 923 mile trip featured 20 stops and reached 20,000 Texans. The trip was filled with speeches, extravagant gifts from the towns visited, and autographs from the Dallas Cowboys, harkening back to an earlier era in American politics. 

Galveston’s Interlocking Towers

Galveston’s Interlocking Towers

Before GPS, Interlocking Towers played a vital role in making sure trains operated safely. Galveston’s Causeway once had three towers controlling the 5 mile switching area for the rail bridge. Come learn how these towers protected rail traffic on and off the Island. 

Santa Fe Advertising Posters

Santa Fe Advertising Posters

The Santa Fe railroad commissioned a variety of artists to create posters advertising their routes and destination. The results of these efforts are an eclectic collection of posters that highlight the sights, people, and ideals of the American West. Thanks to Patrick Henry for donating these excellent reproduction posters to the Museum!