(pic source: A Braly)
|James Callan gave the railroad a site for a depot
and the right-of-way to cross his land to connect Brady and Menard.
The Richey-DeFreest Land Company formed the Callan
City Company to build a stopover community. At its peak the Callan
community had a hotel, a general store, a lumberyard, and a livery
stable and wagonyard, in addition to the stockyards that the railroad
company had built. It is my understanding that the Callan depot
was later sold and moved into Menard where it was used as a school
for a period of time. It still stands and is now a private residence.
The Rio Grande-and Fort Worth
(Additional information: Handbook of Texas
By BEN B. LEWIS
The Frisco Employes' Magazine
[Excerpt] ......."Callan, 215 miles from Fort Worth, is
a small, non-agency station, but is interesting to Frisco folks for two
outstanding reasons. First, it is the highest point on the entire Frisco
System, not even excepting the celebrated Ozarks. Second, it is at this
point that the Frisco Railway obtains the cheapest water on the entire
System-and it is good water. On the top of a hill. on the right-of-way,
where they dug on advice of an old time cattleman, after exhausting all
their own theories, they struck water at a denth of twenty feet. Three
windmills provide the power, and a gravity water line fills the water
tank at the bottom of the hill." (......cut)
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