Katy's Entry, 60 Years Ago, Is Celebrated
December 25, 1932
Contributed by Jean
DENISON, Texas, Dec. 24 -
"Christmas, 1872, was a red letter day for Denison, for it was then that
the first railroad train ever to enter the State from the North came to a noisy
stop here after having crossed the newly completed bridge over the Red River,
the northern boundary of this State and what was then Indian Territory.
"At the throttle of
the panting and puffing wood-burning locomotive was P. H. (Pat) Tobin, whose
energetic work in helping to construct the M-K-T Railroad into Texas had won
for him the distinction of being engineer of the train that inaugurated regular
service between Texas and points north. Sunday morning, when the Texas Special
steams into Denison, the same Pat Tobin will be in the locomotive cab, serving
as ‘guest engineer' as result of his desire recently expressed to President M.
H. Cahill of the Katy lines to thus observe the sixtieth anniversary of an
event which, he points out, marked the beginning of the real growth and
development of Texas."
Two others who were
present sixty years ago were Dr. A. W. Acheson, a young physician and still
practicing his profession at 91, and A. H. Coffin, 82, a young surveyor who
helped to plot the Denison town site.