YourToyTrains- Model Trains website- acknowledges the role of the railroad in building America. We cite one small city in Texas that could stand for a thousand more cities, towns, and villages. When the Texas & Pacific Railway built their tracks through East Texas, there was no Mineola, Texas. In fact, there were few towns at all. Once the tracks reached the location of Mineola, a town popped up at once. 150 years later, the Texas & Pacific Railway is now the Union Pacific Railroad. And Mineola is a very nice little city!