VAN ALSTYNE, Texas (KTEN) — The City of Van Alstyne was founded in 1872 when the first railroad line came through.

Now, as the city continues to evolve, leaders are making sure that its past is part of its future.

Van Alstyne's new Central Social District Park already has a railroad theme running through it, the city is now planning to remake an old freight car into a replica of an interurban car that once ferried passengers and freight all the way from Denison to Dallas, Waco and Corsicana.

This mural on a downtown Van Alstyne building featured its interurban railway.

"History is very important to Van Asltyne, and we're doing a lot of work to bring people into downtown," said City Manager Lane Jones. "We're investing into our history, and we want to keep Van Alstyne's past alive and we think this is very important to who we are."

The refurbished rail car will be placed at the intersection of Main Drive and Marshall Street in the heart of the city's downtown. Jones said it will take about six months to complete the rail car's makeover.

A Denison & Sherman Railway Company interurban rail car in 1907.