It was 1879 when George Sealy, president of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad, purchased land originally granted to the township of San Felipe de Austin, for the purpose of establishing both railroad lines and a depot. Sealy became a main division point between Galveston and Temple.The railroad became the Sealy‚Äôs principal employer. With the arrival of the German and Czech settlers farming and ranching became part of the economy.The Missouri Kansas & Texas line from Austin to Houston was built in the 1880’s and early 1890’s – reaching Houston in 1893.