Preserving the Legacy of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway
and all railroads throughout Ark-La-Tex-oma's Cotton Belt Region


Commerce Depot
Cotton Belt Depot, Commerce, Texas
Robert McFatridge engineer | Ed Cooper photo

The 14th Annual
Cotton Belt Regional Railroad Symposium

Sam Rayburn Student Center
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, Texas

Saturday, October 5, 2019.

The Symposium is scheduled annually for the first Saturday in October.

Saturday, October 5, 2019.
The formal event will be held on Saturday, with a program consisting of railroad presentations, a Luncheon, a book signing, railroadianna displays, and other activities to be announced.  Audience participation is encouraged.  An informal dinner gathering will be held at 7:00pm at Lu Lu's Burgers, 803 Culver St, in Commerce for anyone who is interested in visiting casually on Friday evening.

If you have items of railroad interest you would like to display, please bring them.  We have arranged for plenty of table and display space.  Please note that this is NOT a swap-meet.

Dedicated to James "Jim" Conrad, PhD  1940-2019

Jim Conrad
Jim Conrad at the 5th annual Cotton Belt Symposium on Oct. 9, 2010.
L. Joyce Davis photo

The 2019 Symposium is dedicated to the memory of James "Jim" Conrad, PhD.  Dr. Conrad was one of the co-founders of our Symposium and remained an active participant and great promoter of the event even beyond his retirement from the University.  He came to A&M Commerce, then East Texas State University, as a faculty member in the Department of History in 1967 and moved to the Library as University Archivist in August 1976 where he remained until his retirement in March 2010.  In 2011, he was honored with title "Archivist Emeritus" by the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System.
July 13, 1940 - July 2, 2019


The luncheon will be held at noon on Saturday. 
The meal will feature a deli-style buffet and include sides, desert, and drink, and live musical entertainment by the Tom Bailey & "Railroad Bill" Ogden.

Luncheon meal tickets may be requested through our on-line reservation system here or by contacting me directly, prior to the reservation deadline, noon on Tuesday, October 1:


If you requested tickets and later learn that will be unable to claim and use your requested ticket(s), please notify Jason so your meal ticket may be reallocated to someone else who may wish to dine at the luncheon.

Presented by

TAMU-Commerce Department of Engineering & Technology

TAMU-Commerce College of Science & Engineering

James G. Gee Library Special Collections

Commerce Public LibraryCommerce Public Library logo

2019 Sponsors

Luncheon Sponsor(s):

College of Science & Engineering

Dr. Brent Donham, Dean

Opportunities Available
Contact Jason with inquiries.

Gold Spike Sponsors:

Stephen & Marinelle Morrow

Greenville EDCGreenville Board of Development
Greg Sims, President/CEO

Additional Opportunities Available
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Silver Spike Sponsors:

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Bronze Spike Sponsors:

South Central States (SCS) Chapter
Railway & Locomotive Historical Society

Additional Opportunities Available
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Iron Spike Sponsors:

Carol Ann Davis
Granddaughter of Cotton Belt Conductor,
Charles D. "Charlie" Davis, Sr.

North Texas Chapter of the
National Railway Historical Society

Additional Opportunities Available
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Sponsorship Opportunities Available...

You or your company can be recognized as a Sympoisum Sponsor for a sympoisum event!  Multiple sponsorship levels are available.  All sponsorship contributions are tax deductable.  For more information on becoming a sponsor, please see our Sponsorship Opportunities page.  Our secure MarketPlace makes it easier than ever!!! Sponsorships are accepted anytime, but must be confirmed by three weeks prior to the symposium to ensure inclusion in our major print materials in order to meet printing deadlines for the event.
The Symposium Committee reserves the right to decline any sponsorship application.

Symposium History