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3/7/1867Peoria and Rock Island Railway Company (P&RI #1) (Illinois)
Charter of "the said Company is hereby authorized and empowered to locate, and from time to time to alter, change, locate, construct, reconstruct, and fully finish, perfect, equip and maintain a railway with one or more tracks from the City of Peoria, in the County of Peoria, to the City of Rock Island in the County of Rock Island, by such route as the Directors of said Company may deem most feasible and eligible, and also to extend and continue said railway from said City of Peoria to some point or place in the County of Tazewell, where it may intersect or connect with the St. Louis Jacksonville and Chicago Rail Road. Said Company is hereby authorized to unite or consolidate its railway, stock and property with that of any other Railway Company or Companies whose line or lines of road may intersect or connect by continuous lines or at either terminus or at the terminus of the extension herein authorized or which may be on or near the line thereof, or it may purchase, lease, sell or make any arrangement it may deem proper with any such Railway Company and in the event of consolidation may take upon themselves any name or style of designation they may think proper, and they shall be vested with all powers, privileges and franchises of each, or both or all of the Companies."

Charter amended on 3/10/1869 authorizing the Company "to locate and from time to time to alter change and relocate, construct, reconstruct equip and maintain a branch line from some point on the main line of said railway westwardly to some point on the Mississippi River opposite or nearly opposite to the City of Muscatine in the State of Iowa."

No construction done.

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) [9/30/1869], filed 10/15/1869.

 

8/3/1867Leavenworth and Des Moines Railway Company (Missouri)
Renamed from Platte City and Fort Des Moines Railroad Company [2/12/1864].

No construction done.

Charter amended and name changed to Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #1) on [3/3/1869].

 

10/7/1867Cedar Rapids and Burlington Railroad Company (Iowa)
Incorporated "to construct and operate a railroad extending from Cedar Rapids to Burlington, via Iowa City, via Wapello, to connect with a road from Burlington via Keokuk and St. Louis."

No construction done.

Consolidated into Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway Company on [6/30/1868], filed 12/19/1868.

 

1/22/1868Missouri Central Railroad Company (Missouri)
Incorporated "for the purpose of constructing, maintaining and operating a railroad to commence at Laclede in the County of Linn and State of Missouri, at some point within the corporation of said Town of Laclede on the line of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Rail Road; and run thence in a southerly direction and terminate at the nearest practicable point of intersection with the Brunswick and Chillicothe Rail Road in the County of Chariton and State of Missouri, an estimated length of eight miles."

Amendment to Articles of Incorporation files on 4/4/1870 called for "extending railroad from its present terminus on the Brunswick and Chillicothe Rail Road in Chariton County, Missouri, to Carrollton in Carroll County, Missouri, an estimated distance of twenty seven (27) miles, more or less."

No construction done.

Sold to Saint Joseph and Iowa Railroad Company [1/22/1857] on 5/31/1871.

 

2/10/1868North Missouri Central Railroad Company (Missouri)
Incorporated "for the purpose of constructing, maintaining and operating a railroad for the public use from the Town of Linnens in Linn County, Missouri, to intersect the Brunswick and Chillicothe Rail Road in Section Thirty six (36),Congressional Township Fifty seven (57), of the Range Twenty two (22), one half mile west of the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty one and Twenty two in said County of Linn in the State of Missouri. Said Road to be about Fourteen miles in length when completed."

Amendment to Articles of Incorporation filed on 7/14/1869 called for "extending said road from its northern terminus at the Town of Linnens northward by way of Milan, in Sullivan County and Unionville in Putnam County to the State line in said Putnam County in the State of Missouri, a distance of about fifty five miles."

No construction done.

Sold to Saint Joseph and Iowa Railroad Company [1/22/1857] on 5/31/1871.

 

6/30/1868Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway Company (Iowa)
Incorporated to consolidate the Cedar Rapids and Saint Paul Railway Company [10/2/1865] and Cedar Rapids and Burlington Railroad Company [10/7/1867]. Filed 12/19/1868. "The objects of this Corporation are to consolidate the Cedar Rapids & Burlington Railroad Company and the Cedar Rapids and St. Paul Railway into one organization; to acquire all the franchises, property and rights of both of said Companies; to locate, construct, maintain and operate a railway with double and single track and with all necessary branches, fences, bridges, warehouses, elevators, steamboats, lands and such other appendages as may be deemed necessary for the convenient use and profitable management of the same, from the City of Burlington, via Wapello, West Branch, Cedar Rapids, Vinton and Waterloo, to and into the State of Minnesota."

Construction started from Burlington, Iowa, by 5/1869.

Built from Burlington to Columbus Junction, Iowa, (41 miles) via Latty, Sperry, Mediapolis, Linton (Garland), Morning Sun, Wapello, and Bard by 12/31/1870.

Amendment to Articles of Consolidation dated 5/15/1871 provided for three divisions: First Division - Between Burlington and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Second Division - Between Cedar Rapids and Minnesota State Line; Third Division - All that portion of the railroad situated within the State of Minnesota.

Built from Columbus Junction to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, (57 miles) via Port Allen, Cone Station (Conesville), Nichols, West Liberty, Centerdale, West Branch, Oasis, Ives (Elmira), Morse, Solon, Ely, and Putlege, by ~1871.

Built from Vinton to Waterloo, Iowa, (29 miles) via Mount Auburn, La Porte City, and Washburn by 12/24/1871.

Amendment to Articles of Consolidation dated 2/27/1872 authorized company "to construct and operate extensions and branches with one or more tracks connecting the above described line with different portions of the State of Iowa and adjoining States, and also to lease or buy railroads built by other corporations."

Built from Waterloo to Plymouth Junction, Iowa, (69 miles) via Cedar Falls, Norris, Winslow, Waverly Junction, Shell Rock, Clarksville, Roots Siding (Packard), Greene, Marble Rock, Rockford, Nora Junction (Nora Springs), and Rock Falls by ~1872.

Purchased Muscatine and Western Railroad Company [~?/??] by ~1872.

Built branch from Nichols to Riverside, Iowa, (15 miles) via Lone Tree, River Junction, and Iowa Junction by ~1872.

Built branch from Nichols to Muscatine, Iowa, (16 miles) via Adams and Bayfield by ~1872.

Built branch from Vinton to Dysart, Iowa, (16 miles) via Garrison by 12/27/1872.

Built from Dysart to Traer, Iowa, (8 miles) by 7/26/1873.

Built branch from Linn Junction to Postville, Iowa, (94 miles) via Toddville, Center Point, Walker, Rowley, Independence, Passing Track, Bryantburg (Bryantsburg), Hazelton, Oelwein, Maynard, Randalia, Donnan, West Union, Brainard, Elgin, Clermont, and Junction by ~1873.

All construction stopped by 9/1873 due to financial panic.

Defaulted on bonds on ~11/1873.

Fell into receivership 5/19/1875.

Sold to Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway Company on [6/19/1876] on 6/27/1876.

 

3/3/1869Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #1) (Missouri)
Renamed from Leavenworth and Des Moines Railway Company [8/5/1867].

Charter amended "to survey, make, locate, construct, maintain and operate a railroad from a point of the Missouri River in Platte County, opposite or nearly opposite to the City of Leavenworth, Kansas, to the northern boundary of said State of Missouri in the direction of Ottumwa in the State of Iowa."

No construction done.

Consolidated into Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #3) on [9/25/1869].

 

5/21/1869Chicago and South Western Railway Company (C&SW #2) (Iowa)
Incorporated "to construct, operate and use a railway with a single or double track and all the usual or necessary appendages, appurtenances, branches, equipment, connections, extensions, side tracks, depots and all necessary franchises and emoluments. The main track of said railway shall extend from and from with the town of Washington, in the State of Iowa or such other point on the Muscatine branch of the [sic] Rock Island and Pacific Rail Road as the Board of Directors may hereinafter designate, southerly to the State line between the States of Iowa and Missouri at a point where the Chicago and [sic] South Western Railway Company of Missouri shall reach said State line, and in the event of consolidation of this company with the said Chicago and [sic] South Western Railway Company of Missouri then in connection with said last mentioned Railway to form a continuous line of Railway from the City of Leavenworth in the State of Kansas to the town of Washington or such other points as the Directors may designate, in the State of Iowa."

No construction done.

Consolidated into Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #3) on [9/25/1869].

 

9/25/1869Chicago and South Western Railway Company (C&SW #3) (Iowa+Missouri)
Incorporated to consolidate Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #1) [3/3/1869] and the Chicago and South Western Railway Company (C&SW #2) [5/21/1869]. Formed "for the purpose of constructing, owning, maintaining, using and operating a continuous line of railway from some point on said Washington Branch of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad in the State of Iowa to a point on the Missouri River opposite the City of Leavenworth in the State of Kansas, under and by the corporate name of Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company."

Charter amended to provide for branch to Atchison, Kansas on ~?/??.

Built from Washington to Lineville, Iowa, (130 miles) via Verdi, Brighton, Pleasant Plain (East Pleasant Plain), Perlee, Fairfield, Libertyville, County Line, Eldon, Laddsdale, Floris, Belknap, Drakeville, Bunch (Paris Station) (Paris), Unionville, Udell, Kirkwood, Centerville, Bellair (Thirty), Martinstown, Numa, Seymour, Kniffin, Harvard, Allerton, and Clio by 9/11/1871.

Built from Stillings Junction to Trenton, Missouri, (101 miles) via Beverly, Platte City (Tracy), Settles, Camden Point, Edgerton Junction, Edgerton, Grayson, Plattsburg, Perrin, Keystone, Cameron Junction, Cameron, Mabel, Crofton (Winston), Altamont, Highland, Gallatin, Wabash Crossing, Blake, Jamesport, Hickory Creek and Coburn by 6/24/1871.

Consolidated into Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #4) on [8/16/1871].

 

9/30/1869Peoria and Rock Island Railway Company (P&RI #2) (Illinois)
Incorporated to consolidate the Peoria and Rock Island Railway Company (P&RI #1) [3/7/1867] with the Rock Island and Peoria Rail Road Company (RI&P #1) [2/14/1855]. Articles of Consolidation state "the said parties of the first and second part (above named) do mutually grant, agree and declare that the name of the said consolidated company, by these presents formed, is, and shall be, The Peoria & Rock Island Railway Company, to possess all the powers, franchises, immunities, property rights, and privileges now enjoyed or held by the said parties. And the said parties grant, bargain, sell release, convey, assign, transfer and set over unto the consolidated company their respective railroads, railroad lands, rights of way, and all and singular, their respective estates, property and effects, real and personal, their respective franchises, privileges, immunities and corporate rights."

Built from Peoria to Coal Valley, Illinois, (79 miles) via Keller, Alta, Dunlap, Princeville, Wady Petra, Stark, Wyoming, Toulon, Lafayette, Galva, Bishop Hill, Ulah, Cambridge, Osco, Orion, and Crampton by 1/1/1872.

Fell into receivership on 8/1/1874.

Foreclosed on 4/4/1877.

Sold to Rock Island and Peoria Railway Company (RI&P #2) [10/9/1877] on 12/12/1877 for $1,756,666.66.

 

5/13/1870Iowa Southwestern Railroad Company (Iowa)
Chartered to build from Clinton through Tipton, Iowa City, Ottumwa, Iowa, then to the Missouri River using surveys of predecessors of Clinton and Southwestern Railroad [~?/??] and Chicago, Ottumwa and Saint Joseph Railroad [~?/??].

Name changed to Chicago, Omaha and Saint Joseph Railroad Company on [3/19/1872].

 

5/21/1870Saint Louis and Fort Scott Rail Road Company (Missouri)
Incorporated "for the purpose of constructing, maintaining and operating a Rail Road. Said Rail Road shall be constructed, maintained and operated from the City of St. Louis in the State of Missouri to a point in the western boundary of the County of Vernon in said State, nearly opposite to Fort Scott in the State of Kansas. The length of said Rail Road as near as may be shall be two hundred and forty miles."

No construction done.

Name changed to Missouri Central Railway Company [11/2/1871].

 

6/9/1870Des Moines, Indianola and Missouri Railroad Company (Iowa)
Incorporated. "The general nature of the business of this corporation shall be the construction, operation and use of a railroad with a single or double track, with all the necessary appendages, appurtenances, branches, connections and extensions; the main trunk of which shall extend from the City of Des Moines, southerly through Indianola to the State Line in the Direction of Kansas City in the State of Missouri, and if necessary to the accomplishments of said purpose this Company shall have the power to purchase and take the transfer of that portion of the Iowa and Minnesota Railroad which lies south of Des Moines, Iowa and to adopt the line of said road, so far as desirable as the line of the road of this company, to complete, run and operate the same as the line of said Des Moines, Indianola and Missouri Railroad Company."

Leased to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #2) [8/20/1866] on ~1871.

Built from Des Moines to Carlisle, Iowa, (11 miles) via Goodwin, Coon Valley, and Avon by 8/11/1871.

Built from Carlisle to Indianola, Iowa, (11 miles) via Somerset Junction (Summerset Junction) and Summerset by 11/1/1871.

Foreclosed on 8/30/1876.

Sold to Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern Railroad Company [9/4/1876] on 9/4/1876 (8/30/1876??).

Consolidated into Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) on [6/2-3/1880].

 

7/28/1870Hot Springs Branch Railroad Company (Arkansas)
Incorporated "for the purpose of constructing, operating, maintaining and owning a railroad for the public use in the transportation of persons and property as set forth in the following Article, - 5th The Road is to commence at the most practicable point on the line of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad, within the County of Hot Springs, or from a point at or near the town of Rockport in said County, and to run westward to the village of Hot Springs; the whole length of said road being about twenty five miles."

Built from Malvern to Lawrence (Lake Catherine), Arkansas, (16 miles) via Rockport, Butterfield, Cove Creek (Jones Mills), and Price (Wilson Springs) by 11/17/1875. Originally built as a 3 ft. 6 in. railroad.

Built from Lawrence (Lake Catherine) to Hot Springs, Arkansas, (6 miles) via Gulpha by 2/27/1876.

Operated as branch of St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern by ~1877.

Name changed to Hot Springs Railroad Company by [~1889].

 

9/12/1870Iowa and Minnesota Railroad Company (Iowa)
Incorporated "to construct, operate and maintain a railroad from the north line of Winnebago County, Iowa to or near Fort Dodge and thence in a southwesterly direction to the Missouri River at such point as the Board of Directors may hereafter establish."

Built from Forest City to Belmond, Iowa, (30 miles) via Miller, Hayfield Junction, Garner, Klemme, and Goodell by ?/??

Sold to Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railway Company [6/4/1880] on 11/21/1883.

 

11/29/1870Atchison Branch of the Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (Missouri)
Incorporated "for the purpose of constructing, maintaining and operating a railroad from a point on the Chicago and South Western Railway (C&SW #3) in the City of Plattsburg, County of Clinton in the State of Missouri, opposite the City of Atchison in the State of Kansas. The Length of this road will be about Forty miles."

Built from Edgerton Junction to Winthrop, Missouri, (29 miles) via Dearborn, Wallace, De Kalb, Rushville, and Winthrop by ?/??

Consolidated into Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #4) on [8/16/1871].

 

2/21/1871Des Moines, Winterset and Southwestern Railroad Company (Iowa)
Incorporated. "The general nature of the business of this corporation shall be the construction, maintenance and use of a single or double track railroad; the building, maintaining and operating a railroad with a single or double track from the City of Des Moines in the State of Iowa, via Winterset; thence in a southwesterly direction to the State Line, constructing the said railroad over, upon and across all roads and highways, streams, canals and water courses, upon the line of said railroad and building, maintaining and operating all bridges that may be necessary to form a continuous line of railroad between said termini."

Built from Somerset Junction (Summerset Junction) to Bevington, Iowa, (14 miles) via Spring Hill, Lothrop, and Rock Island Crossing (Yaggy) by ~1872.

Built from Bevington to Winterset, Iowa, (12 miles) via Patterson, and Tileville by 2/29/1872.

Operated under contract by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #2) [8/20/1866] on ~1872.

Foreclosed on 10/23/1879.

Sold to Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern Railroad Company [9/4/1876] on 10/23/1879.

Consolidated into Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) on [6/2-3/1880].

 

4/4/1871Iowa, Minnesota and North Pacific Railway Company (Iowa)
Incorporated "to acquire, construct, maintain and operate a railway commencing at a point hereafter to be determined upon in a southern or southeastern portion of the State of Iowa and running thence through the Counties of Jasper, Story, and Hamilton via Newton, Nevada and Webster City, in a northwesterly direction to the northern boundary line of the State of Iowa, with a view to connecting with the North Pacific Railway. The road to be single or double track or partly both as necessity may require."

Sold to Newton and Monroe Railroad on [8/25/1877].

 

8/2/1871Fort Leavenworth Railroad Company (Kansas)
Incorporated "to make, own, build, construct, equip, furnish, manage, work and control a railroad and telegraph line in the County of Leavenworth, State of Kansas. The Railroad to be constructed by this Company is to be located within the County of Leavenworth, State of Kansas, starting and beginning at or near the Western abutment or approach of the Kansas and Missouri Bridge on the Fort Leavenworth Military Reservation in the State and County aforesaid, and terminating at, within or near the City of Leavenworth in said County with a branch railroad from a point near said bridge on the line of said first mentioned railroad, to a junction with the Leavenworth, Atchison and North Western Railroad at, near, or within said City of Leavenworth; and also to construct, own and operate such other branch railroads within said Military Reservation as may become necessary or useful in connecting said bridge with said City of Leavenworth, or with any other railroad now or hereafter to be constructed through said Military Reservation; and also a like railroad connecting said main road and branches together across any portion of said Reservation; and also to construct, build, manage and operate a telegraph line or lines along and near to the lines of said road, branches and connections. The estimated length of said Rail Road is about three miles, and its Branches and Connections are about nine miles."

Built from Missouri River Bridge to Leavenworth, Kansas, (2 miles) by ~1872.

Leased to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #2) [8/20/1866] on ~?/??.

Sold to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on 3/4/1889.

 

8/16/1871Chicago and South Western Railway Company (C&SW #4) (Iowa+Missouri)
Incorporated to consolidate Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #3) [9/25/1869] and the Atchison Branch of the Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company [11/29/1870].

Finished remaining segment of Princeton, Missouri, to Lineville, Iowa, (15 miles) line (Mill Grove?) by 9/11/1871.

Opened for business on 10/9/1871.

Leased trackage rights over Missouri River bridge between Winthrop, Missouri, and Atchison, Kansas, from Chicago and Atchison Bridge Company [~?/??] on ?/??

"Atchison Branch" split off and transfered to Johannes Berg Trustee [1/16/1876] on 1/16/1876.

Sold to Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern [9/4/1876] on 11/1/1876.

 

8/25/1871Des Moines Western Railway Company (Iowa)
Incorporated "to construct a railroad with a single or double track and its operation and use, with all the necessary appendages, appurtenances, branches, connections and extensions. The main line of which shall extend from the City of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, westward by Waukee, Adel and Redfield, in Dallas County, and Panora in Guthrie County, Iowa, to the Missouri River."

Built from Brook Street to north city limits in Des Moines by ?/??.

Sold 3 miles of trackage to Saint Paul and Kansas City Short Line Railroad Company [2/18/1911] on 5/19/1911.

 

11/2/1871Missouri Central Railway Company (Missouri)
Name changed from Saint Louis and Fort Scott Rail Road Company [5/21/1870].

Sold to Central Railway of Missouri [6/28/1881] on 6/30/1881.

 

3/19/1872Chicago, Omaha and Saint Joseph Railroad Company (?)
Name changed from Iowa Southwestern Railroad Company [5/13/1870].

Built from Clinton to Noels, Iowa, (23 miles) via Chancy, Camanche, Shaffton, Folletts, McCausland, and Gambril (Martin's Station) (Martins) by ~1881.

Reorganized as Clinton and Cedar Rapids Railroad Company by [~1882].

 

~1873Saint Louis, Keosauqua and Saint Paul Railroad Company (Iowa)
Built a narrow gauge line from Keosauqua to Summit (Mount Zion), Iowa, (4 miles) by ~1875.

Abandoned by ~1879.

Right of way later used by Keosauqua and Southwestern Railroad Company [3/25/1880].

 

3/17/1873Stillman Witt, et al., Trustees (?)
Purchased Memphis and Little Rock Railroad Company (M&LR #1) [1/11/1853] on 3/17/1873.

Sold to Memphis and Little Rock Railway Company (M&LR #2) on [12/12/1873].

 

10/17/1873R.W. Hyman, R.C. Greer, and J.A. Johnson, Trustees
Purchased Des Moines Valley Rail Road Company [6/1/1864] on 10/17/1873.

Line from Keokuk to Des Moines, Iowa, sold to Keokuk and Des Moines Railway Company [12/19/1873] on 1/6/1874 for $1,175,000.

Line from Des Moines to Fort Dodge, Iowa, sold to Des Moines and Fort Dodge Railroad Company [2/4/1874] on 11/15/1875.

 

12/12/1873Memphis and Little Rock Railway Company (M&LR #2) (Arkansas)
Incorporated "for the purpose of re-organizing, operating, maintaining and owning the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad for public use in the conveyance of persons and property, said road commencing at or near Hopefield, in the County of Crittenden, State of Arkansas, running thence south westerly and over the road bed of the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad as now constructed as well as then to the City of Little Rock in the County of Pulaski in said State. Also a branch road from near DeVall's Bluff to the town of Pine Bluff."

Purchased Memphis and Little Rock Railroad Company (M&LR #1) [1/11/1853] from Stillman Witt, et al., Trustees [3/17/1873] on 12/12/1873.

Sold under foreclosure to William S. Pierson, Watson Mathews and R. K. Dow, Trustees on [4/27/1877].

 

12/19/1873Keokuk and Des Moines Railway Company (Iowa)
Incorporated. "The general nature of the business to be transacted by said corporation is to be the acquisition, ownership, maintenance, operation, use and enjoyment of a railroad extending from a point in the City of Keokuk, to a point in the City of Des Moines, with the appurtenances thereof."

Purchased the portion of the Des Moines Valley Rail Road Company [6/1/1864] between Keokuk and Des Moines, Iowa, from R.W. Hyman, R.C. Greer and J.A. Johnson, Trustees [10/17/1873] on 1/6/1874.

Leased to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI&P #2) [8/20/1866] for 50 years on 5/14/1878.

Lease disaffirmed when CRI&P #3 filed for bankruptcy on 4/20/1915.

Lease reinstated when CRI&P #3 receivership ended on 6/21/1917.

Sold to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on 8/18/1924

Sold to Saint Paul and Kansas City Short Line Railroad Company [2/18/1911] on 11/26/1924

 

2/4/1874Des Moines and Fort Dodge Railroad Company (Iowa)
Incorporated to purchase the assets of the portion of the Des Moines Valley Railroad Company [6/1/1864] between Des Moines and Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Purchased the portion of the Des Moines Valley Rail Road Company [6/1/1864] between Des Moines and Fort Dodge, Iowa from R.W. Hyman, R.C. Greer and J.A. Johnson, Trustees [10/17/1873] on 11/15/1875.

Leased trackage rights between Tara and Fort Dodge, Iowa, from Iowa Falls and Sioux City Railroad (Illinois Central) on ~9/1878.

Abandoned line between Tara and Fort Dodge, Iowa, on ~9/1878.

Built from Tara to Clare, Iowa, (7 miles) by ~12/1881.

Built from Clare to Ruthven, Iowa, (48 miles) via Pioneer, Gilmore (Gilmore City), Rolfe, Plover, Mallard, Curlew, and Ayrshire by ~1882.

Leased to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on ~1887 for 25 years.

Controlled through majority stock purchase by the Minneapolis and Saint Louis Railroad Company on ~1904.

CRI&P #3 [6/2-3/1880] relinquished lease on 12/31/1904.

Leased to Minneapolis and Saint Louis Railroad Company on 1/1/1905 for 30 years.

Leased trackage rights between Des Moines and Gowrie, Iowa to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on 1/1/1905.

 

1/16/1876Johannes Berg Trustee (?)
Purchased "Atchison Branch" from Chicago and Southwestern Railway Company (C&SW #4) [8/16/1871] on 1/16/1876.

Sold "Atchison Branch" to Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern Railroad Company [9/4/1876] on 9/27/1879.

 

4/29/1876Rock Island and Mercer County Railroad Company (Illinois)
Incorporated to construct a railroad "from the village of Milan, in Rock Island County and State of Illinois to Section sixteen (16) in Richland Grove Township in Mercer County in said State."

Built from Rock Island to Preemption, Illinois, (22 miles) via Milan, Andalusia, Taylor Ridge, Reynolds, and Rock Island Southern Junction by ?/??.

Built from Preemption to Cable, Illinois, (5 miles) via Cable Junction by 12/1/1876.

Built from Cable Junction to Sherrard, Illinois, (4 miles) by ?/??

Controlled by Rock Island and Peoria Railway Company (RI&P #2) [10/9/1877] on <~1898.

Sold to Rock Island and Peoria Railway Company (RI&P #2) [10/9/1877] on 6/10/1903.

Rock Island and Peoria Railway Company (RI&P #2) [10/9/1877] sold to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on 6/11/1903. RI&MC becomes property of CRI&P #3.

Leased to Rock Island Southern Railway Company [4/25/1905] on ?/??.

 

6/19/1876Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway Company of Iowa (Iowa)
Incorporated "to carry into effect a plan heretofore adopted for the reorganization of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway Company [6/30/1868]. And for that purpose to purchase on behalf of the owners of the bonds secured by deeds of trust or mortgages thereon of the Main Line, (First and Second Divisions: First Division from Cedar Rapids to Burlington, Iowa, and Second Division from Cedar Rapids to Minnesota State Line); the Milwaukee, the Muscatine and the Pacific Divisions of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway respectively, and to maintain, extend, use and operate the railways so purchased; to construct, purchase, acquire, use, maintain and operate railway property, real and personal, of every description in the State of Iowa; to sell or mortgage the whole or any portion of its property; to lease or make running arrangements with other railroads having connections directly or indirectly with the railway or railways of this corporation, in or out of the State of Iowa, or to consolidate with companies owning such railways."

Purchased the assets of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway Company [6/30/1868] on 6/27/1876.

Built from Plymouth Junction to Manly, Iowa, (5 miles) by 7/5/1877.

Acquired trackage rights between Manly and Northwood, Iowa, (11 miles) via Kensett from Central Railroad Company of Iowa (later Iowa Central Railway then Minneapolis and Saint Louis Railroad) by ~1877.

Built from Traer to Reinbeck, Iowa, (12 miles) via Dinsdale by ~7/1877.

Built from Reinbeck to Holland, Iowa, (12 miles) via Morrison and Grundy Center by ~8/1877.

Built from Northwood, Iowa, to Albert Lea, Minnesota, (17 miles) via Gordonsville and Glenville, Minnesota, by 11/11/1877.

Leased Iowa City and Western Railway Company [7/26/1878] by ~1879.

Purchased Chicago, Clinton and Western Rail Road Company [~1/1877] on 3/7/1879.

Leased Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railway [6/4/1880] on 6/4/1880.

Sold Chicago, Clinton and Western Rail Road Company [~1/1877] to Cedar Rapids and Clinton Railway Company [12/5/1882] on 2/27/1883.

Controlled by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] through majority stock purchase 7/15/1885.

Leased Chicago, Decorah and Minnesota Railway Company [4/18/1881] by <6/30/1889.

Leased Cedar Rapids and Clinton Railway Company [12/5/1882] by <6/30/1889.

Purchased Davenport, Iowa and Dakota Rail Road Company [5/29/1882] by 11/21/1892.

[View Logo circa 1895]

Built from Armstrong to Estherville, Iowa, via Maple Hill, and Gruver by ~1898.

Amended Articles of Incorporation on 6/4/1900 to include: "And to build, construct purchase, lease or other acquire; to own, use, maintain and operate; to sell, lease, mortgage or otherwise convey lines of railway and railway property in any of the States or Territories of the United States."

Purchased Cedar Rapids, Garner and Northwestern Railway Company [4/26/1898] on 7/11/1900.

Built from Germania (Lakota), Iowa to Albert Lea, Minnesota, (45 miles) via Stevens and Rake, Iowa, and Bricelyn, Walters, and Conger, Minnesota, by ~1900.

Built from Worthington to Hardwick, Minnesota, (34 miles) via Reading, Wilmont, Lismore, and Kenneth by ~1900.

Built from Albert Lea to Comus Junction, Minnesota, (53 miles) via Clarks Grove, Ellendale, Owatonna, Medford, and Faribault by ~1901.

Purchased Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railway Company [6/4/1880] on 5/22/1902.

Purchased Iowa City and Western Railway Company [7/26/1878] on 5/22/1902.

Purchased Chicago, Decorah and Minnesota Railway Company [4/18/1881] on 5/22/1902.

Purchased Cedar Rapids and Clinton Railway Company [12/5/1882] on 5/22/1902.

Purchased Waverly Short Line Railroad Company [6/6/1885] on 5/22/1902.

Leased to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] for 999 years on 6/1/1902.

Built from West St. Paul to South St. Paul, Minnesota, (8 miles) by ~1902.

Sold to Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) [6/2-3/1880] on 6/15/1903.

 

9/4/1876Iowa Southern and Missouri Northern Railroad Company (Iowa)
Incorporated for the purpose "of purchasing, improvement (by construction of a double track or otherwise), maintenance and operation of the railway now known as the main line of the Chicago and South Western Railway, extending from a point on what is now known as the Washington Branch of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Rail Road, at Washington, In the State of Iowa to a point on the Missouri River opposite the City of Leavenworth, Kansas."

Purchased the Des Moines, Indianola and Missouri Railroad Company [6/9/1870] on 9/4/1876 (8/30/1876??).

Purchased the Chicago and South Western Railway Company (C&S #4) [8/16/1871] on 11/1/1876.

Purchased "Atchison Branch" from Johannes Berg Trustee [1/16/1876] on 9/27/1879.

Purchased Des Moines, Winterset and Southwestern Railroad Company [2/21/1871] on 10/23/1879.

Leased trackage rights over Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad Company [2/16/1847] between Cameron and Kansas City (West 23rd Street), Missouri, for 25 years on 12/4/1879.

Consolidated into Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company (CRI&P #3) on [6/2-3/1880].

 

12/28/1876Chicago, Iowa and Kansas Railway Company (Iowa)
Incorporated "for the purpose of constructing, owning and operating a railway and branches extending from the south line of the State of Iowa in Decatur County to Clinton, in Clinton County, touching, if practicable and expedient, the towns of Corydon, Ottumwa, [sic] Signourney and Iowa City, in the State of Iowa, with a branch line to Cedar Rapids in Linn County, together with such other branches as may be found necessary or desirable and having in view the consolidation of this line of road under the laws of the States of Missouri and Iowa with a line of road through the western portion of Missouri to St. Joseph in said State of Missouri."

No construction done.

Name changed to Chicago, Clinton and Western Rail Road Company on [~1/1877].

 

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