Wednesday, March 14, 2007

William Burnet Scott


In 1915 a man by the name of William Burnet Scott built a house in Seabrook, Texas. The article said he was the President and founder of South Pacific Railroad. I have not seen any facts supporting this. Do you know if this is correct?

—Don Holbrook


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

You write that "The Article said" -- which article is this, and where did you find it?

3/14/2007 9:49 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

On July 1, 1918, William R. Scott was appointed Vice-President of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Could that be the person and railroad that you are referring to?

3/14/2007 9:49 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Don Holbrook"

Can you tell me when the Southern Pacific was built in Seabrook,Texas? ...

—Don Holbrook

3/31/2007 8:55 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Edson T. Strobridge"

The Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway Company built the original railroad into Seabrook, Texas in 1914 which was afterward consolidated into the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. (This according to the Southern Pacific Company Texas and Louisiana Lines Corporate Data Map as of 1918.)

William Burnett Scott was not a founder of the Southern Pacific Railroad which was founded on December 2, 1865 in San Francisco, California. I have no information on who the President was in 1914-18.

—Ed Strobridge

4/01/2007 10:37 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Philip Trainor"

Page 253 of A history of the Texas Railroads by Reed, has the date of 1899 when two separate railroads were sold under foreclosure and chartered as the Galveston Houston and Northern Rway Co. and the road then completed to Galveston. The So. Pacific owned it. In 1905 they leased it to the G.H. & S.A.. In 1914, 11.23 miles were contructed from Strang to Seabrook, a new route along the bay shore. So the S.P. got to Seabrook either in 1900 or 1914. But the S.P. had it's own R.R. from Houston to Galveston starting around 1900, when a lot of it was probably destroyed by the big storm.

—Phil Trainor

[from the R&LHS Newsgroup.]

4/02/2007 10:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, my great grandfather was William Burnett Scott & he built a beautiful house in Seabrook, which was torn down about 15 years ago. I have some photos of the house and of him. There was a spur of the RR between Houston & Galveston where the house was in Seabrook. Parties from Houston would travel to Seabrook by train and stop in Seabrook, then would return to Houston afterwards. I still have the Steinway piano that was purchased new in 1910 by my great grandfather for the Seabrook house. As I was told, he was the president of Southern Pacific RR. Does anyone have any more information?

1/19/2008 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


My Grandfather was William Burnet Scott as well!! He was President of the Southern Pacific Railroad and he retired in the early 1900s. I have a silver service set given to him on his retirement. It is engraved:

" To W. B. Scott from his friends, officers, and employees of the Southern Pacific Lines in Texas and Louisiana". I also have news paper articles on his retirement and history of railroad employment

His house in Seabrook is now the headquarters of the Girl Scouts of America. The name of the house is *Casa Mare*. I have foto copies of the history of the house.

My father took me there in 1949. My sister lives in Sugar Land presently and has been to the house and talked to the administrators a couple years ago.

Bruce Scott
Broomfield, CO

5/24/2008 9:44 PM  
Blogger Pyrotek40 said...

The house at Casa Mare was tore down by the scouts.....why ? some say it was too much money to keep up with the house...I think it just did not meet their needs and was cost effective to take down then build it up...sad...and this is why my town of Seabrook will never have anything of historical value....between storms and money history here stands no chance...p.s. love the book about Seabrook thank you Mr. H and I wish you all the best J.Clevenger

4/10/2011 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that the house was far from being up to code. It was estimated to cost over $800,000 to restore it to code, which could not be afforded, just what I read from a third party. I never got to stay in the house but everyone who did has fond memories. There is a small museum in what is called "the galley", it has several photos of the old house and news clippings. It is very much part of the camp's history and the girls love looking at the photos and reading the stories. I'm very interested in learning more about the history of the property and the family who owned it.

11/23/2015 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from Barbara Jean (Jeanie) Scott Bledsoe. I am daughter of Douglas Leonard Scott who was one of William Burnett Scott and Christina Bruce Scott's sons. I have recently been looking for information on my grandfather who was long dead before my birth. He died in 1924, and I have found a copy of his obit in one of my father's college annuals.
In answer to some of your questions above, I found some information on WB Scott in a publication titled The Book of Chicagoans, A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of Chicago dated 1911. It was printed by the A. N. Marquis & Company. It gives a rather detailed history of his birth, marriage, education and history of employment with the railroad from age 11 through 1911. It even gives his address in Chicago at the time, and the house seems to still be standing. I remember my father, who was born in San Antonio in 1903, speaking of living in Chicago, St. Louis, Houston and Seabrook. Hope this answers some of your questions.
I can be reached at and welcome any news of unknown family!

2/19/2018 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, The Book of Chicagoans: a biographical dictionary of leading living men and women of the city of Chicago

2/19/2018 4:40 PM  

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