PB was once Cotton Belt railway hub

In 1875, the St. Louis Southwestern Railway began in Tyler, Texas. James W. Paramore, who led a group of investors that later owned the company, sa...

August 28, 2023
10:36 AM

In 1875, the St. Louis Southwestern Railway began in Tyler, Texas. James W. Paramore, who led a group of investors that later owned the company, saw this railroad as a way to establish St. Louis as the primary gateway for selling cotton from the southwest in eastern markets. Thus the St. Louis Southwestern Railway became better known as the Cotton Belt. In extending his railroad from Texas to St. Louis, Paramore chose his Civil War acquaintance Samuel W. Fordyce to survey the route across Arkansas.