TTI Agency Director Dennis Christiansen traveled to Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMU-C) in October to induct Harold J. McKenzie into the Texas Transportation Hall of Honor. The induction ceremony, hosted by BNSF Railway, was held at the annual Cotton Belt Railroad Symposium. McKenzie’s career in the railroad industry spanned from 1926 to 1969. He served as president of the Cotton Belt Railroad for 15 years and turned it into one of the country’s best-operated railroads. McKenzie’s Hall of Honor plaque is on permanent display at the university.
“President McKenzie was one of the most significant figures in Cotton Belt history and a leader who played a tremendous role in shaping the development and growth of our entire region,” said Dr. Jason Lee Davis, associate professor at TAMU-C and founder of the Cotton Belt Railroad Symposium. “I am delighted that we were able to host the ceremony at the symposium, which documents and celebrates the legacy of the railroads operating throughout northeast Texas.”