Once endangered, Texas State Railroad gets new honor

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Texas historical site has a new honor.

Ten years ago, Preservation Texas named the Texas State Railroad one of the ten most endangered sites in the state after the state parks dropped funding.

And when their retrospective list came out earlier this month, the railroad was moved to the saved list.

New management has tried to increase events at the railroad and believes a reason for the railroad's success is the community's support.

"The local communities have been very, very supportive. We are very much a life blood of their economy. They are very happy to see the railroad continue and increase its ridership which means extra money in their pockets," said Texas State Railroad General Manager Earl Knoob.

Knoob also says that preserving the railroad lets people connect with the older heritage of the region.

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