I've been spending free time in libraries at UT Austin, the Texas State Library, and online, trying to find out more about the people involved in the terminal and tramway. I feel like I've exhausted the easy secondary resources (many of which I've cited on the web site). So, I decided to ask for help. I've begun emailing the authors of the books I've cited to see if they would be kind enough to point me into more fruitful directions of research.
One author said yes to a phone interview! Unfortunately, he's leaving the country for a month, so I won't be able to talk to him until July.
Admittedly, this is an obscure topic and trying to find descendents to see if there are family stories is an obscure take on the research. But if what if I can put flesh on the bones of the story? At this point, I'm not sure what the bones are because of the conflicting info.