Chapter Five: 1904: Marthasville
– Virtual Event Aired: August 26th, 2020
La With the opening of the KATY railroad in the 1890s, these small communities became part of a new, larger world. Towns sprung up around grain elevators every ten miles or so in the flat river bottom. The railroad brought goods from the city while gathering local grain and livestock to take to faraway markets. The feared flooding of the bottomlands was a constant worry.