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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:50 AM
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32. The "Midnight Special" was Southern Pacific.
It ran by the Prison Farm in Sugarland every midnight, inspiring prisoner Hudie Ledbetter to write a song. Back then, sugar cane was raised & processed on the Brazos Bottom. Labor for the arduous harvest was often leased from the prisons; earlier, of course, slaves had done the work.

Now there Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos. Sugarland is a suburb of Houston, represented by Tom DeLay.

Just a little background on songs, trains & the Brazos Bottom. Texas A&M is just a bit farther upstream.
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