Benjamin Franklin Yoakum Photo

Benjamin Franklin Yoakum

Born: Aug 20, 1859

Death: Nov 28, 1929

Birthplace: Tehuacana

Nationality: United States

Benjamin Franklin Yoakum

Date of Birth : Aug 20, 1859
Date of Death : Nov 28, 1929
Birth Place : Tehuacana

Benjamin Franklin Yoakum was a visionary railroad executive of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who attempted to join the Frisco and Rock Island Railroads into a great system stretching from Chicago to Mexico. In 1909, when Yoakum controlled 17,500 miles of railroad, Railway World magazine called him an "empire builder" who had done as much for the Southwest as legendary James J. Hill had done for the Northwest.

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