Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did Mansfield ever have a rail streetcar? This writer as a 2-year-old boy thought so as he came down McEnery Street on U.S. Hwy 84 and turned left up Washington Ave. to Polk Street. There were the tracks and they were bright and shiny which showed daily use. Later it was found out the tracks were for the Mansfield Railway and Transportation Company (M.R.&T.).

According to the “Biographical and Historical Book of 1890” of which this writer has a copy- the MRT was organized in 1880 with B.F. Jenkins Pres., Boling Williams Sec., and M.R. Ricks Treas. to connect the downtown area with the Texas and Pacific R.R. south of Mansfield. It is rumored the ladies of Mansfield did not want the loud and stinky T&P railroad to come through Mansfield, therefore, it by-passed Mansfield about two miles to the west. The story goes that Mr. Sank Pegues bought 200 acres where the tracks crossed Hwy 171 south of town to prevent merchants from leaving Mansfield to be near the R.R.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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