These Forgotten Oklahoma Railways Will Take You Back In Time
The history of the railroad in Oklahoma dates back to the late 1800s when Congress deemed it necessary for railroads to run through Indian Territory. Although Congress got involved, the major railroad companies were still met with opposition from the Indian Nations. It wasn’t until the early 1900s when the oil boom hit, that the railroad companies began building thousands of miles of tracks across the state.
The boom in railroad construction brought forth train depots, bridges and new tracks all over the state. As more roads and pipelines began to be built, along with the Great Depression, the railroad industry began to see a decline in Oklahoma. It regained some momentum during World War II but other advancements in transportation left the industry in havoc once again. Thousands of miles of train tracks and train depots were left abandoned.
Across the Sooner State still sits many forgotten remnants of the railroad industry.
Amtrak introduced a passenger train route in 1999 that runs from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, Texas. To learn more about the Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer route, click here.