Preserving the Legacy of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway


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

3rd Annual
Cotton Belt Railroad Symposium
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Traditions Room, 2nd floor
Sam Rayburn Student Center

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, Texas

2009 Media Gallery - view event photos, video clips, media coverage, materials, etc.

Sam Rayburn Student Center
The NEW Sam Rayburn Student Center | TAMU-C photo


8:19    Registration Opens & Artifacts on Display
8:45    Welcome
            Dr. Larry F. Lemanski, Provost and
                Vice President for Academic Affairs
            Dr. Madeline Justice, Head, Department of
                Educational Leadership
9:00    Keynote Presentation - Steve Allen Goen
           author of "Cotton Belt Color Pictorial"
           View Steve's BIO
10:15  Panel Discussion
            Harley Davis, EdD, moderator
            S. L. "Red" Grimes
            Murrel Hogue
            Lenton R. Moore
11:15  Presentation of Terry Kirkland and
           Ed Cooper photo collections to the
           Digital Library by Edwin Cooper.
11:20  Gayle Gordon - Digital Library Research
           Commerce Public Library
11:40  Cheryl Westhafer - Cotton Belt/Railroad
           Collection at the Commerce Public Library
Noon   lunch break
1:00    Local Driving Tour (off-campus)
            - Commerce Public Library Cotton Belt/
                Railroad Collection Open House
            - Former Cotton Belt Yard & Roundhouse
            - Blacklands Railroad Locomotive display
            - Railroad Partners, Inc. Motorcar display
            - Texas Midland Freight Depot
            - East Texas Model Railroad Club Layout
                Open House

KETR 88.9 Morning Blend Interview

Listen to the Feature Interview of Jason Davis discussing the Cotton Belt Symposium on The Morning Blend with Scott Harvey and Jerrod Knight.  Aired on KETR, August 5, 2009.  (11m14s)

2009 Event Materials
  Flyer (PDF)
  Poster (PDF)
  Program (PDF)
  Welcome & Credit Slides (PDF)
  Goen's handout - Roger Plummer (PDF)
  Tour Map (PDF)