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The Topolobampo Pacific Railway


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    Alexander Dwight Anderson
Excerpt from book: V. OTHER TRIBUTARY RESOURCES. Coal. IN some recent editorial comments on the coal deposits of Mexico, the Springfield (Mass.) Republican contained the following : " The discovery of coal in Mexico lies at the bottom of the success and failure of current railroad enterprises which are endeavoring to annex Mexico to the railroad system of the United States. With coal at hand they may succeed: without it, a period of disastrous liquidation is in store for them." Scarcity of fuel may be an obstacle to the financial success of one or two of the many railways projected in Mexico, but this difficulty cannot apply to the Topolobampo route across the Northern States of that country. The road commences at Piedras Negras, which very name (black-stone) indicates a deposit of coal. In the report upon the preliminary survey of this route, Mr. Simmons says that at Santa Rosa " two mines on a 7-foot vein were bonded." Also : " Later, at Piedras Negras, we heard of many other coal properties, and on the American side, at Eagle Pass, very important coal discoveries had recently been made. The question of a coal supply was forever settled. As an evidence of its abundance I may state that 200 engines, originally ordered as wood burners by the Mexican Central Railroad, have recently been changed to coal-burners. A proposition to control the coal production of this section was introduced in a scheme to unite all the Mexican holders of these properties in one company, which should transfer its interests to ours for the sake of development. Authority was left with the Mexican consul at Eagle Pass to consult with the proprietors and perfect the arrangements of this plan." In his report upon the same survey, Mr. Price testifies to a similar effect concerning the deposit near Santa Rosa, v...  
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