Visitors to our museum may be surprised to find that the writing they leave on our typewriter hasn’t been forgotten. Their thoughts, small messages, and arrangements of random letters have all been preserved.
In November of 2019, I was presented with a short list of North Central Texas interurban employees (with a focus on the Texas Electric Railway) which had been started in 2012. It included twelve railway owners, eight people in management, thirty-eight labor employees, and sixteen employees with unknown jobs. Their surnames were listed first, followed … Continue reading From the Archives: Gaps in the Narrative
Our big project for the 2019 - 2020 Heritage Grant year is the renovation of our model train layout inside the Interurban Railway Museum, with hopes to make the buildings more accurate, both geographically and in the time period the Texas Electric Railway would have been running through Plano (1908 - 1948). Our team, Austin, … Continue reading Model Train Layout Renovation: First Baptist Church, Plano 1897
Updated: March 20, 2020 Educational Worksheets We are working to develop worksheets based on what we teach during our school tours for you and your kids to work on at home. We will be adding them as we go, so make sure to check back for new ones! MATH - Texas Electric Railway Ticket CalculationsDownload … Continue reading A Full List of Resources
I had fun testing out some of the costumes at the children's section of the College Park Aviation Museum. It seems that a new tradition has begun at the Interurban Railway Museum. Last year, my fellow intern Hunter won the Lesley van der Lee Scholarship offered by the Small Museum Association. The scholarship allowed her … Continue reading Austin at the 2020 Small Museum Association Conference
We recently uncovered a Wedding Journal deep in our archives, and thought it was the perfect subject for a Valentine's day blog post. This Wedding Journal was owned by Mrs. Myrtle Mathis, née Waters. For those of you who have been inside our museum, you may have noticed we have quite a few mentions of … Continue reading An Interurban Love Story
Rising competition from cars and increasing questions about safety sent the Texas Electric Railway out with the old year on December 31, 1948.