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Southern Pacific's Tower 17 protected movements over the crossing of SP's Sunset Route (New Orleans to Los Angeles) and Santa Fe's Galveston Subdivision. Until the line was abandoned in 1993 and 1995, Tower 17 also controlled access to SP's branch from Rosenberg through Wharton to Victoria. The tower closed at 8 a.m. on February 10, 2004.
(Photo courtesy of Joe McMillan; photo by Mel Finzer)