Texas Historical Commission
In February 2015, TAS Inc. conducted a pedestrian survey of a proposed railway yard in south central Reagan County. The roughly rectangular tract lies just south of US Highway 67 about 5.5 miles west of the town of Big Lake. This location would span most of the distance between US Highway 67 and the TXPF railroad (formerly Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe) within University Lands Block 11, Sections 1, 2, 11, and 12. The survey was sponsored by Smart Sand Partners LP as part of their permitting process to construct a rail yard on University Lands and was authorized by Texas Antiquities Permit 7175, Jeff Turpin, Principal Investigator. The survey area consists of upland mesquite and scrub flats in the watershed of Big Lake Draw but has no named drainages. No evidence of significant historic or prehistoric occupation or use was found by intensive pedestrian survey of the 295-acre tract. Therefore, cultural resources do not present an obstacle to the installation of the rail yard.
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