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Celebration of the Arrival of the Railroad

Date: July 09, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, July 9th, celebrate the 150 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the ARRIVAL OF THE RAILROAD to Palestine. The actual date of the international railroad's arrival was July 11th, 1872.
The celebration will take place at the Railroad Heritage Center of Palestine, in sight of the actual path of the first track laid here.

  • A handcar, as used since the early days of the railroad
  • A gift bag of souvenirs
  • Free cupcake and water
  • Souvenir sales:
    • Commemorative tee shirt
    • Railroad Heritage Center Items

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"People pushed closer to the newly laid rails, and several minutes later the dark, billowing smoke of a railroad locomotve could be seen west of the crowd."
"A cheer went up, . . . A fiddle, banjo and drum struck up a lively tune . . . 'The railroad' had finally reached Palestine, Texas."

Quoted from Two Railroads Two Towns by Ben Campbell

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