The depot of the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway was one of the first buildings constructed
in Sanderson, Texas, in the fall of 1882, shortly after rail-laying crews got to town. The major portions were constructed
at a company sawmill in the redwood forests of northern California and the modules were hauled to Sanderson on flat cars for assembly.
Built to Southern Pacific Common Standard Depot #3 plans, it was similar to other depots located in California, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada,
New Mexico and Texas, but was a unique construction with no exact twin anywhere else in the SP System, the parent of the GH&SA.
Originally about 130’ in length, the structure had equal extensions on either side of the central two-storey
depot master’s residence. The east end contained a lunch room, locally known as the “Beanery”. The west end contained
a freight warehouse, although a much larger freight house soon was constructed to the east of the depot to handle the massive shipments
of wool and mohair which dominated the Sanderson economy for years.
About 1910 a 50’ extension was added to
the west end creating a new passenger ticketing and waiting room area, a baggage handling facility, along with a Railway Express Agency
office, a Western Union telegraph office and a bump-out bay window for the station operators to see oncoming trains.
This view of the GH&SA depot at Sanderson, Texas, ca 1915, is taken from a stereopticon card, the original 3-D viewer of the 19th
Photo courtesy of Buddy Bauer, Sanderson, TX