Texas Timeline Index
1881 March 15
Abilene is born, with completion of the Texas-Pacific Railroad.1881 May 31
Fort Griffin, headquarters for buffalo skinners in Shackelford County, is abandoned.1881 July 11
William Buckley is born at Washington-on-the-Brazos. His son James becomes a senator from New York, and his son William Jr. is famous as a writer, magazine editor and television talk show host.1881 December 15
America's second transcontinental railroad links up at Sierra Blanca in Hudspeth County.