|Edna Depot, early
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Edna was named
after a daughter of Count Joseph Telfener - an Italian entrepreneur
who was building a railroad from Rosenburg to Victoria.
Other family members had towns named after them as well. While the
railroad had the ambitious name of The New York, Texas and Mexican
Railroad, it didn't originate in New York, nor did it reach Mexico.
Known as "The Macaroni Line" for the Italian workmen who were brought
from Italy for construction, the rails eventually went as far as Victoria.
A timeline of significant events
1881: Railroad construction begins
1882: Town of Edna was established - first train arrives.
1883: Texana, the former county seat
which was bypassed by the railroad loses election in favor of Edna
1884: New courthouse was contracted
1886: Post office opened - population of Texana
moves to Edna - population reaches 1,000
1900: Texana hit hard by Galveston
storm becomes a ghost town
1906: Fire engulfs downtown Edna
1929: Population is 2,500
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The Edna Theater
TE Photo, 2001
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