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This document only covers the time period up until the last day of operation - 3/31/1980. To cover the events since liquidation would require another document nearly half as long as this one. I will leave it to some one else to create a reverse family tree from 3/31/1980 (The big bang?) onward.
Finally, while I have made every effort to gather true and correct data for this document, I can not guarantee that every item listed here is 100% accurate. You should consider this only as a base for conducting your own investigation.
Finally, I would like to thank the following people and organizations for providing information used within this document: Bob Divis, John Matrow, John Nelson, Perry (OK) Daily Journal, Les Weatherock.
|~?/??||Calumet and Chicago Canal and Dock Company (Illinois)|
|Sold to CRI&P #2 [8/20/1866] ~1874.
|~?/??||Chicago and Atchison Bridge Company (?)|
|Build bridge across Missouri River from Atchison, Kansas, to Winthrop, Missouri.
Leased trackage rights over Missouri River bridge between Winthrop, Missouri, and Atchison, Kansas, to Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #4) [8/16/1871] on ?/??
Sold to Atchison and Eastern Bridge Company [6/30/1898] on 6/30/1898.
|~?/??||Chicago, Ottumwa and Saint Joseph Railroad Company (?)|
No construction done.
Sold? to Iowa Southwestern Railroad Company [5/13/1870] on ?/??
|~?/??||Choctaw and Chickasha Railroad(?) Company (?)|
|Sold to Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway Company?? [5/13/1902] on ?/??
|~?/??||Clinton and Southwestern Railroad Company (?)|
|No construction done.
Sold (?) to Iowa Southwestern Railroad Company [5/13/1870] on ~1870.
|~?/??||Decatur and State Line Railroad Company (?)
|~?/??||Dering Coal Company (?)
|~?/??||J.H. Fredrickson Trucking Company (?)|
|Purchased by Rock Island Motor Transit Company [4/1927] on ~11/28/1944
|~?/??||Johnsonburg and Bradford Company (?)|
|Sold (?) to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on >1921 <1940.
|~?/??||Muscatine and Iowa City Railroad(?) Company...(?)|
|Leased line between Muscatine and Montezuma, Iowa; and branches Thornburg to What Cheer, Iowa; and Iowa Junction to Iowa City, Iowa; from Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company [6/2-3/1880] on ~1915 while the CRI&P was in bankrupcy.
Relinquished lease on ?/??
|~?/??||Muscatine and Oskaloosa Railroad Company (?)
|~?/??||Muscatine and Tipton Railroad Company (?)
|~?/??||Muscatine and Western Railroad Company (?)|
|Sold to Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway Company [6/30/1868] on ~1872.
|~?/??||Paris Subiaco Traction Company (?)|
|Name changed to Fort Smith, Subiaco and Eastern Railroad Company on [7/5/1909].
|~?/??||Peoria, Hanna City and Western Railway Company (?)|
|Built 5 miles of road from Peoria to coal mines at Hollis (Sommer), Illinois, via La Marsh by ?/??
Sold to Peoria Terminal Company (PTC #2) [1/18/1926] on 1/1/1931.
Entire line abandoned on 12/31/1951.
Abandoned line between Hollis and Peoria, Illinois, (7 miles) on ~7/1952.
|~?/??||Rock Island and Oklahoma Railway Company (?)|
|Sold (?) to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on >1921 <1940.
|~?/??||Rock Island and Southern Railway(?) Company (?)|
|Sold to Rock Island, Arkansas and Louisiana Railroad Company [10/31/1905] on ?/??
|~?/??||White Line Motor Freight Company (?)|
|Sold to Rock Island Motor Transit Company [4/1927] on ~4/1/1938.
|2/16/1847||Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad (Missouri)|
|Built from Hannibal to Saint Joseph, Missouri, by ~2/1859.
Built from Cameron to Kansas City (West 23rd Street), Missouri, via Cameron Junction, Keystone, Turney, Lathrop, Holt, Kearney, Chandler, Liberty, Birmingham, Randolph, Harlem, and across Broadway Street (Missouri River) Bridge by ~1869 under the charter of the Kansas City and Cameron Railroad.
Leased trackage rights between Cameron and Kansas City (West 23rd Street), Missouri, to Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern [9/4/1876] on 12/4/1879 for 25 years.
Sold to Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company on ?/??
|2/27/1847||Rock Island and LaSalle Rail Road Company (Illinois)|
|Chartered to build from Rock Island to LaSalle, Illinois.
"The said Corporation shall have the right to survey, locate, and construct, and during its continuance to maintain and continue a railroad with single or double track and with such appendages as may be deemed necessary for the convenient use of the same from the Town of Rock Island on the Mississippi River, in the County of Rock Island, to the Illinois River at the termination of the Illinois and Michigan Canal; and to locate and construct the same on such line, course or way as may be designated and selected by the directors of said corporation whereon to construct and make the same; and may also prescribe the manner in which said railroad shall be used, by what force the carriages to be used thereon may be propelled; to regulate the time and manner in which goods, effects and passengers may be transported and carried on the same, and the rates of toll on the transportation of persons or property thereon. And it shall also be lawful for the said Corporation to unite with any other railroad company already incorporated or which may be incorporated upon such terms and at such points and parts of the said railroads as may be agreed upon by the directors of said companies; and also to construct such other and lateral routes as may be necessary to connect them with any other route or routes, which may be deemed expedient under the same privileges and restrictions as are herein contained."
No construction done.
Charter amended and name changed to Chicago and Rock Island Rail Road Company [2/7/1851].
|2/7/1851||Chicago and Rock Island Rail Road Company (Illinois)|
|Name changed from Rock Island and LaSalle Rail Road Company [2/27/1847]. Charter amended to build from Chicago to Rock Island, Illinois.
The amendment authorized this company "to continue their projected railroad from its present termination by the way of Ottawa and Joliet to the City of Chicago, under the same powers and privileges and subject to the restrictions that are conferred on said company for the construction of their railroad from the City of Rock Island to its present termination."
Construction started 9/17/1851.
Charter amended on 6/22/1852 provided "that Chicago and Rock Island Rail Road Company is hereby authorized from time to time to relocate and reconstruct any parts of its road west of the Fox River feeder in the town of Ottawa in LaSalle County and between it and the City of Peru, and for that purpose may procure the right of way on any part so relocated in the manner pointed out in the Acts incorporating said Company."
Built from Chicago to Joliet, Illinois, (40 miles) via Junction (Englewood), Normal Park, Hamilton Park, Auburn Park, Gresham, Washington Heights, Givins, Burr Oak, Blue Island, Robbins, Midlothian, Oak Forest, Bremen (Tinley Park), Mokena, and New Lenox by 10/10/1852.
Built from Joliet to Morris, Illinois, (22 miles) via Rockdale and Minooka by 1/5/1853.
Built from Morris to Ottawa, Illinois, (23 miles) via Stockdale, Seneca, and Marseilles by 2/14/1853.
Built from Ottawa to LaSalle, Illinois, (14 miles) via Arzner, and Utica by 3/21/1853.
Built from LaSalle to Peru, Illinois, (1 mile) by 4/16/1853.
Purchased Railroad Bridge Company [1/17/1853] on 9/8/1853.
Built from Peru to Bureau Junction, Illinois, (14 miles) via Spring Valley, Marquette, and Trenton (De Pue) by 9/12/1853.
Built from Bureau Junction to Sheffield, Illinois, (23 miles) via Tiskilwa and Wyanet by 10/12/1853.
Built from Sheffield to Geneseo, Illinois, (22 miles) via Mineral, Anniwan (Annawan), and Atkinson by 12/19/1853.
Built from Geneseo to Rock Island, Illinois, (22 miles) via Green River, Colona, Carbon Cliff, Silvis, Port Byron Junction (East Moline), and Moline by 2/22/1854.
Leased Peoria and Bureau Valley Railroad Company [2/12/1853] on 4/4/1854. (2/1/1855?)
Consolidated into Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #2) on [8/20/1866].
|1/11/1853||Memphis and Little Rock Railroad Company (M&LR #1) (Arkansas)|
|Incorporated. "Section 1 - That for the purpose of establishing a communication by railroad between the City of Memphis, in the State of Tennessee, and Little Rock, in the State of Arkansas, the forming of a company is hereby authorized, which, when formed, shall be a body corporate, by the name and style of the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad Company. Section 14 - The said Company shall have the right, when necessary, to construct the said road, or any branch thereof, across or along any public road water course; provided, said road and the navigation of such water course, shall not be thereby obstructed. Section 26 - The Company shall have full power and authority to purchase, and own such number of slaves as may be necessary for the construction of said road, and for keeping the same in repair. Section 29 - That said railroad shall commence on the west bank of the Mississippi River, opposite the City of Memphis, running in a westerly direction, to the town of Little Rock, on the Arkansas River." Second railroad chartered in Arkansas, first to lay rails.
Received federal land grant of 438,647 acres on 2/3/1853.
Built from Hopefield to Madison, Arkansas, (41 miles) via Bridge Junction, Briark, Hulbert (West Memphis), Riceville, Mounds, Edmondson, Proctor, Quigley (Jonquil), Heth, Cicalia, Whitmore, Blackfish, Round Pond, and Widener by ~1858. Originally built as a 5 ft. gauge railroad.
Built from Argenta (North Little Rock) to De Vall's Bluff, Arkansas, (46 miles) via Galloway, Kerr, Perkins (Meto), Lonoke, Sisemore, McCreanor, Carlisle, Prairie Center, Screeton, Hazen, and Mesa by 2/20/1862.
Received federal land grant of 365,539 acres on 7/28/1866.
Built from De Vall's Bluff to Madison, Arkansas, (45 miles) via Biscoe, Brasfield, Dagmar, Eden, Brinkley, Wheatley, Goodwin, Palestine, Becks (Longino), and Forrest City by 4/11/1871.
Sold under foreclosure Stillman Witt, et al., Trustees on 3/17/1873.
|1/17/1853||Railroad Bridge Company (Illinois?)|
|Chartered to build a bridge across the Mississippi River connecting Rock Island, Illinois, to Davenport, Iowa.
Special Act of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois granted "power to build, maintain and use a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River, or that portion within the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois, at or near Rock Island, in such manner as shall not materially obstruct or interfere with the free navigation of said river and to connect by railroad or otherwise such bridge with any railroad either in the State of Illinois or Iowa terminating at or near said points to unite and consolidate its franchisee and property with any and all Bridge or Railroad Companies in either of said States, to contract, bargain and agree with any such railroad companies for and in the construction and maintenance of such bridge; to sell or to use said bridge or the use of the same, or the franchisee of said Company to any Company or corporations."
Company sold to Chicago and Rock Island Rail Road Company [2/7/1851] on 9/8/1853.
Opened for traffic 4/22/1856.
One of six spans destroyed by fire in collision with steamboat Effie Afton on 5/6/1856. Repaired and reopened on 9/8/1856.
Act of Congress passed on 6/27/1866 provided for relocation of line and erection of new steel bridge.
Consolidated into Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #2) on [8/20/1866].
|2/5/1853||Mississippi and Missouri Rail Road Company (Iowa)|
|Incorporated "to construct and use a railroad with double or single track with the bridges necessary for a continuous line of Rail Road, from the eastern line of the State of Iowa at or near Davenport in the county of Scott on the most eligible route to the west line of said State at or near Council Bluffs in the County of Pottawattamie and the transportation of persons and property upon such road for hire."
Articles of Incorporation amended 6/27/1853 to provide "The Board of Directors of this Company shall have the power to construct, maintain and use branches from the Main Line of said road southwestwardly by way of Muscatine to the southern or western boundary of Iowa, or both, and northwesterly by way of Cedar Rapids, and in that direction up the Cedar River valley to the north line of the State of Iowa, but it shall never be competent, by amendment or otherwise, for this company to build or aid in building or operate or assist in operating any branch in a westerly or southwesterly direction from Cedar Rapids."
First rail laid on 6/29/1855.
Built from Davenport to Wilton, Iowa, (25 miles) via Farnam, Green Tree, Wolcott (Walcott), Stockton, and Fulton (Durant) by 9/19/1855.
Built from Wilton to Muscatine, Iowa, (13 miles) via Summit by 11/20/1855.
Built from Wilton to Iowa City, Iowa, (29 miles) via Moscow, Atalissa, West Liberty, Downey and Midway by 12/31/1855.
Granted 774,000 acres of public land by act of Congress dated 5/15/1856.
Built from Muscatine to Washington, Iowa, (38 miles) via Culver, Fruitland, Letts, Fredonia, Columbus Junction, Cotter, Ainsworth, and Kay by 9/1/1858.
Built from Iowa City to Marengo, Iowa, (30 miles) via Vernon, Tiffin, Oxford, Homestead, and South Amana by 10/1860.
Built from Marengo to Brooklyn, Iowa, (21 miles) via Ladora, Victor, and Carnforth by 6/2/1862.
Built from Brooklyn to Grinnell, Iowa, (15 miles) via Malcom and Ascalon by 10/1863.
Built from Grinnell to Kellogg, Iowa, (11 miles) via Dixie (Turner) by ~8/1865.
Through stock purchase, controlled by Chicago and Rock Island Railroad Company by 10/20/1865.
Sold to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Rail Road Company (CRI&P #1) [6/2/1866] on 8/6/1866.
|2/12/1853||Peoria and Bureau Valley Railroad Company (Illinois)|
|Charter "Authorized and empowered to locate construct and finally complete a railroad from the City of Peoria, in Peoria County, to the Valley of the Bureau in Bureau county, said railroad not to strike the valley any higher up or above the town of Indiantown on said Valley of the Bureau and to lay out said railroad, not exceeding one hundred feet in width through the whole length. Said Company shall have the power to unite its railroad with any other railroad now constructed or which may be hereafter be constructed within this State on the line of said Road or at the terminus thereof, upon such terms as may be mutually agreed upon between the companies so connecting and for that purpose full power is hereby given to said Company to make and execute such contracts with any other Company as will secure the object of the connection."
Amendment to Charter on 2/27/1854 authorized the Company "to fix the termini of their road at any place within or near the City of Peoria most eligible and convenient for that purpose, and in the Valley of the Bureau at such point as they shall judge most conducive to the interests of said Company, and to construct their said road from and to the places aforesaid."
Leased in perpetuity to Chicago and Rock Island Rail Road Company [2/7/1851] on 4/4/1854.
Built from Bureau Junction to Peoria, Illinois, (47 miles) via Snatchwine (Putnam), Henry, Sparland, Chillicothe, Rome (Coughlin), Mossville, and Sankoty by 11/7/1854.
Through stock purchase, controlled by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #5) [12/16/1947] on 11/17/1950.
|9/1/1853||Keokuk, Fort Des Moines and Minnesota Rail Road Company (Iowa)|
|Incorporated "to procure the right of way, survey, locate and construct and during its continuance to maintain a railroad with a double or single track, and with such appendages as may be seemed necessary for the convenient use of the same, from the City of Keokuk, on the Mississippi River in the County of Lee and State of Iowa, to Fort Des Moines, in Polk County, Iowa, and when deemed advisable by the Directors of the said company, thence to the northerly boundary of the State of Iowa in the direction of the southern bend of the Minnesota or St. Peters River; making Fairfield in Jefferson County; Oskaloosa in Mahaska County and Pella in Marion County, points on said road, if deemed advisable..
Built from Keokuk to Bentonsport, Iowa, (39 miles) via Buena Vista, Sugar Creek, Connables, Sand Prairie (Vincennes), Hinsdale, Belfast, Croton, Farmington, and Bonaparte by ~1857.
Built from Bentonsport to Eddyville, Iowa, (25 miles) via Mount Zion, Kilbourne (Kilbourn), Douds Station (Douds), Selma, Eldon, Cliffland, Ottumwa, Ottumwa Junction and Kirkville Station (Kirkville) by ~1861.
Name changed to Des Moines Valley Rail Road Company [6/1/1864].
|2/14/1855||Rock Island and Peoria Rail Road Company (RI&P #1) (Illinois)|
|Chartered "to locate, construct and complete and to maintain and operate a railroad with a single or double track, and with such appurtenances as may be deemed necessary by the directors for the convenient use of the same from the City of Rock Island thence by the most eligible route through Coal Valley in Rock Island County to or near the town of Cambridge in Henry County, thence to the town of Toulon in the County of Stark, and from thence to the City of Peoria in Peoria County; and said Company may survey and determine the line of said road upon such route between said points as the said Company shall deem most eligible, and the said Company is further authorized to use and operate said railroad."
Charter amended on 3/7/1867 to allow the Company ten years in which to complete this road.
Purchased twelve-mile line of railroad of between Rock Island and Coal Valley, Illinois, from Coal Valley Mining Company [5/19/1856] on 9/4/1869.
Consolidated into Peoria and Rock Island Railway Company (P&RI #2) on [9/30/1869], filed 10/15/1869.
|5/19/1856||Coal Valley Mining Company (Illinois)|
|"The said company shall have the power of mining, excavating, and of obtaining coal, stone, marble and any other minerals from in, and upon the lands hereinafter described as belonging to and owned by the above named associates, and from in and upon any other lands they may acquire for the Company, and dealing and transporting and disposing of the same as to them may seem best. The said Company shall have power to buy and own any coal lands they can in said County, any lots, blocks, streets and privileges in the City of Rock Island or elsewhere in the County of Rock Island which they may deem useful for the purpose of carrying on their operations, and shall have full power to lay out the village of Coal Valley into lots, blocks, squares, streets and alleys, and sell, lease and dispose of the same as to them may seem best, and to sell and convey any real estate they may own on such terms and in such manner as they may deem best, as fully as if the said Company were a natural person."
Built from Rock Island to Coal Valley, Illinois, via Camden (Milan) by ~1857.
On 2/15/1865 the Charter was amended "to acquire title to so much of the Rock Island and Peoria Rail Road as is now completed, extending from Rock Island to Coal Valley, and thereupon said Company shall become subject to all the provisions and be entitled to all the benefits of the Act incorporating the Rock Island and Peoria Rail Road company and the general laws of this State with reference to railroads, so far as the same may be consistent with this Act; may extend said road, or construct branches thereof to any points in the County of Rock Island or the adjoining Counties, and to that end, may increase its capital stock."
Sold twelve-mile line of railroad of between Rock Island and Coal Valley, Illinois, to Rock Island and Peoria Railroad Company (RI&P #1) [2/14/1855] on 9/4/1869.
Charter of this company declared cancelled on 7/1/1902.
|1/22/1857||Saint Joseph and Iowa Railroad Company (Missouri)|
|Chartered "to survey, mark, locate and construct a railroad from the City of Saint Joseph, in the County of Buchanan, to such point on the boundary of this State as they may select and may extend the same to such point or points in the State of Iowa, as they may deem proper, and shall in all things, be subject to the same restrictions and shall be entitled to all the rights, privileges and immunities which were granted to the Hannibal and St. Joseph Rail Road Company by an Act entitled 'An Act to Incorporate the Hannibal and St. Joseph's Rail Road Company, approved February 16, 1847' - and amendments thereto."
Built from Saint Joseph to Altamont, Missouri, (49 miles) via Voris, Stockbridge, Bayfield, Clarksdale, Amity, Maysville, Weatherby and Alta Vista by ~1866.
Built from Saint Joseph to Rushville, Missouri, (15 miles) via Florence, Stockyards, Donovan, Annie (Kenmoor) and Halls by ~1866.
Charter amended to allow crossing of Missouri River into Kansas and north into Iowa ~1866.
Company resolution to build a branch railroad filed with the Missouri Secretary of State on 4/19/1871. The branch was designated as "The Central North Missouri Branch of the St. Joseph and Iowa Railroad" and was "to build from a point of intersection with the Main Line of the St. Joseph and Iowa Railroad, at or near the Town of Unionville, in the County of Putnam in the State of Missouri and running thence southwesterly through the County of Putnam, the County of Sullican and the County of Linn and the Town of Linneus in said Linn County and thence to the Missouri River, at a point at or east of the City of Lexington in Lafayette County and from thence to such point in Southwest Missouri as may be hereinafter may be determined by the Board of Directors of our said Company."
Purchased Missouri Central Railroad Company [1/22/1868] on 5/31/1871.
Purchased North Missouri Central Railroad Company [2/10/1868] on 5/31/1871.
Through stock purchase, controlled by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on ~7/1885.
Leased trackage rights over Missouri River Bridge from Saint Joseph and Grand Island Railroad Company on 12/31/1885.
Leased Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway Company (CK&N #4) [12/20/1886] ~1886.
Leased Saint Joseph Union Depot Company [3/22/1880] for fifty years on 4/10/1888.
Sold to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on 12/29/1888.
|5/23/1857||Minnesota Central Rail Road Company (?)|
|MCRR acquired Cannon River Improvement Company [~1865] on ~1878. Cannon River Improvement Company had been granted 300,000 acres of "swamp land".
Built from Red Wing to Waterville, MN (66 miles) via Welch, Cannon Falls, Randolph, Waterford, Northfield, Dundas, Faribault, Warsaw, and Morristown by ~12/31/1882.
Stock controlled by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on 1/1/1883.
Operated by Minneapolis and Saint Louis Railroad Company.
Name changed to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pacific Railway Company [8/14/1883] on 8/14/1883.
|1/4/1860||Platte County and Fort Des Moines Railroad Company (Missouri)|
|Charter of "said Company shall have full power to survey, mark, locate and construct a railroad from a point on the Missouri River, in Platte County, Missouri, thence in the most eligible and practicable route, to a point on the line dividing the States of Missouri and Iowa in the direction of Old Fort Des Moines; and for that purpose may hold a strip of land not exceeding one hundred and fifty feet in width."
No construction done.
Charter amended and name changed to Platte City and Fort Des Moines Railroad Company on [2/12/1864].
|2/12/1864||Platte City and Fort Des Moines Railroad Company (Missouri)|
|Renamed from Platte County and Fort Des Moines Railroad Company [1/4/1860].
Charter amended so that "the rights, privileges and immunities that belonged to or vested in the Board of Directors by virtue of the act to which this is amendatory, together with the property, rights and credits of the said corporation created by said act, shall be vested in and belong to the Board herein named and their successors in office, and they shall have full power to receive and hold the books and papers of such corporation. The point on the Missouri River where said road shall start shall be within one mile of the City of Weston and the said road shall run through Platte County and pass within not more than three miles of Platte City."
No construction done.
Name changed to Leavenworth and Des Moines Railway Company [8/3/1867].
|6/1/1864||Des Moines Valley Rail Road Company (Iowa)|
|Renamed from Keokuk, Fort Des Moines and Minnesota Rail Road Company [9/1/1853].
Built from Eddyville to Pella, Iowa, (28 miles) via Givin, Beacon, Evans, Fishville Junction and Leighton by ~1864.
Built from Fishville Junction to Fishville, Iowa, by ?/??
Built from Pella to Monroe, Iowa, (14 miles) via Otley by ~1865.
Built from Monroe to Des Moines, Iowa, (33 miles) via Fairmount, Prairie City, Nobleton, and Altoona by 8/29/1866.
Built from Des Moines to Fort Dodge, Iowa, (86 miles) via Valley Junction (West Des Moines), Ashawa, Waukee, Dallas Center, Minburn, Perry, Angus, Rippey, Grand Junction, Dana, Paton, Lena, Gowrie, Callender, Moorland, and Tara by ~1870.
Foreclosed and sold to R.W. Hyman, R.C. Greer and J.A. Johnson, Trustees [10/17/1873] on 10/17/1873.
|2/20/1865||Chillicothe and Des Moines City Railroad Company (Missouri)|
|Chartered Company "shall have full power to survey, mark, locate and construct a railroad from Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri, running through the Counties of Grundy and Mercer, to the Iowa state line on the northern boundary line of Mercer County, Missouri, and for that purpose may hold a strip of land not exceeding 100 feet in width with as many set of tracks as the said president and directors may deem necessary, providing said company may hold sufficient land for the erection of depots, warehouses and water stations."
Built from Trenton to Princeton, Missouri, (23 miles) via Cobb, Tindall, Spickards, and Mill Grove by 4/20/1870.
Leased to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #2) [8/20/1866] for 999 years on 4/20/1870.
Built from Princeton, Missouri, to Lineville, Iowa, (15 miles) via Alvord, and Mercer, Missouri by 9/11/1871.
Sold to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on 3/10/1903.
|10/2/1865||Cedar Rapids and Saint Paul Railway Company (Iowa)|
|Incorporated "for the purpose of constructing, owning and operating a railroad and branches extending northwesterly from Cedar Rapids in the County of Linn in the State of Iowa, up the Cedar Valley in said State."
Built from Cedar Rapids to Vinton, Iowa, (24 miles) via Linn Junction, Palo, Shellsburg, and Gressers by ~?/??.
Consolidated into Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway Company on [6/30/1868], filed on 12/19/1868.
|6/2/1866||Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #1) (Iowa)|
|Incorporated "for the purpose of purchasing, acquiring and owning the railroad now built by the Mississippi and Missouri Rail Road Company, together with all and singular the railway lands used and occupied for right of way, and all personal property, rights, privileges and franchises granted to or acquired by the said Mississippi and Missouri Rail Road Company at any time heretofore and also the lands granted by Act of Congress of May 15, 1856, to the State of Iowa and by the State of Iowa granted said Mississippi and Missouri Rail Road Company, and when so acquired, to maintain and operate the said railroad. And also for the purpose of building, maintaining and operating a railroad from Kellogg, the west terminus of the constructed railroad of the Mississippi and Missouri Rail Road Company, to the City of Des Moines, in the State of Iowa."
Purchased Mississippi and Missouri Rail Road Company [2/5/1853] on 8/6/1866.
Consolidated into Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #2) on [8/20/1866], filed on 10/4-5/1866.
|8/20/1866||Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #2) (Illinois+Iowa)|
|Incorporated to consolidate the Chicago and Rock Island Rail Road Company [2/7/1851] with the Railroad Bridge Company [1/17/1853] and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #1) [6/2/1866].
6/27/1866 Act of Congress to relocate line and bridge over Mississippi River and amended on 3/2/1867 "to order the commencement of the work on the Bridge over the Mississippi River, at Rock Island to connect the said island with the Cities of Davenport and Rock Island; provided that the ownership of said bridge shall be and remain in the United States, and the [sic] Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company shall have the right-of-way over said bridge for all purposes of transit across the Island and River upon condition that the said company shall, before any money is expended by the Government, agree to pay and shall secure to the United States, first, half the cost of said bridge; and second, half the expense of keeping said bridge in repair, and shall also built at its own cost, the bridge over that part of the River which is on the east side of the island of Rock Island, and also the railroad on and across the said island of Rock Island, and upon guaranteeing said conditions to the satisfaction of the Secretary of War, by contract, or otherwise, the said Company shall have full use of said bridge for purposes of free transit, but without any claim to ownership thereof. The United States are to keep said bridge in repair, and the said company agrees to forever pay one half of the cost thereof, from time to time, as the same shall accrue, but the sleepers and rails are to be put down upon the bridge and kept in repair at the expense of the railroad company, without cost to the United States, who will make all repairs to the wagon road without cost to the company." A further condition called for removal of the old bridge within six months after the new bridge is ready for use.
Built from Kellogg to Des Moines, Iowa, (44 miles) via Amboy, Newton, Metz, Colfax, Mitchellville, Altoona, and Pleasant Hill by 9/9/1867.
Built from Des Moines to Council Bluffs, Iowa, (141 miles) via Valley Junction (West Des Moines), Commerce Mills (Commerce), Booneville, Van Meter, De Soto, Clucas, Quarry Junction (Winear), Earlham, Dexter, Stuart, Menlo, Casey, Adair, Anita, Wiota, Atlantic, Marne, Walnut, Avoca, Harlan Junction, Shelby, Minden, Neola, Underwood, Weston, and Chautauqua by 5/11/1869.
Leased Chillicothe and Des Moines City Railroad Company [2/20/1865] for 999 years on 4/20/1870.
Leased Des Moines, Indianaola and Missouri Railroad [6/9/1870] by ~1871.
Operated under contract Des Moines, Winterset and Southwestern Railroad Company [2/21/1871] on ~1872.
Leased Fort Leavenworth Railroad Company [8/2/1871] on ~?/??.
Government Bridge across Mississippi River between Arsenal Island and Davenport, Iowa, completed by ~10/1872. (CRI&P #2 built bridge from Rock Island to Arsenal Island. Replaced bridges built by Railroad Bridge Company.)
Built from Washington to Sigourney, Iowa, (28 miles) via West Chester, Keota, and Harper by ~1872.
Purchased Calumet and Chicago Canal and Dock Company [?/??] on ~1874
Built from Sigourney to Oskaloosa, Iowa, (25 miles) via Delta, Atwood, Rose Hill, and Lake Keomah by ~2/1876.
Built from Oskaloosa to Knoxville, Iowa, (25 miles) via Evans, Olivet, and Harvey by ~1876.
Built from South Englewood to South Chicago Harbor, (10 miles) by ~1877.
Leased Keokuk and Des Moines Railway Company [12/19/1873] for 50 years on 10/1/1878
Purchased Atlantic and Audubon Railroad Company [6/20/1878] on ~?/??.
Leased Avoca, Harlan and Northern Railroad Company [6/21/1878] on ~?/??.
Purchased interest in Saint Paul Union Depot Company [3/5/1879].
Purchased Atlantic Southern Railroad Company [11/22/1879] on ?/??
Purchased Avoca, Macedonia and South Western Railroad Company [11/22/1879] on ?/??
Leased Guthrie and North Western Railroad Company [11/25/1879] on ~?/??.
Leased trackage rights between Cameron and Kansas City, Missouri, for 25 years from Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad Company on 12/4/1879.
Purchased 1/9 interest in Union Passenger Depot Company (Kansas City MO/KS?) on ?/??.
Purchased interest in Saint Joseph Union Depot Company [3/22/1880].
Leased Keosauqua and Southwestern Railroad Company [3/25/1880] on ~?/??.
Consolidated into Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) on [6/2-3/1880].