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The Texarkana and Fort Smith Railway was chartered on June 18, 1885 as the Texarkana and Northern Railway, and was initially used for logging in the area around Texarkana. The Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad gained control of the railway and set about completing a link between Kansas City and the Gulf of Mexico. Land was acquired on the banks of Sabine Lake and the city of Port Arthur was laid out. The Kansas City Southern Railway Company acquired the assets of the KCP&G under foreclosure. After the Interstate Commerce Commission overrode the provisions of Article X of the Texas Constitution, the Texarkana and Fort Smith Railway was leased to the Kansas City Southern in 1934 and merged on December 31, 1943.

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