Lake Erie, Wabash, and St. Louis Railroad Company
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Sarah Pfundstein, February 2013
The Lake Erie, Wabash, and St Louis Railroad won incorporation in Indiana on August 31, 1852. The railroad built a 241-mile line mostly along the Wabash River in Indiana from the Ohio border to the Illinois border where it connected with the Great Western Railroad. On September 23, 1856, the railroad merged with the Toledo & Illinois to become the Toledo, Wabash, and Western Railroad Company. In 1865 the Second Toledo, Wabash, and Western Railway was formed after merging the T&W with the Great Western Railroad. During this period, the railway became highly profitable and the company upgraded its equipment and tracks even experimenting with steel tracks. The company also continued to expand acquiring the Decatur & East St. Louis Railroad in 1870 and leasing several other tracks. The Panic of 1873 however proved to be the end of the company. With falling earnings, worker strikes and increase competition the TW&W filed for bankruptcy in February 1875, and sold on June 10, 1876 laying the foundation for the formation of the Wabash Railway Company.
Information Found within Collection
Grant, H. R. (2004). Follow the Flag; a History of the Wabash Railroad Company. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press.
The collection contains materials relating to the Lake Erie, Wabash and St. Louis Rail Road Company and the town of Huntington, Indiana efforts to get the railroad to run through its town. Included in the collection are two stock books from Huntington Indiana, a deposit notice, a 75th Anniversary copy of Time Tables, two account books, and receipts for the purchase and shipment of hogs.
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Folder and Item Listing:
?/6/1854 Deposit notice
9/1/1852 John Roche’s Stock Book for the Lake Erie, Wabash, St. Louis Railroad Company
2/1/1854 Stock Book for the Lake Erie, Wabash, St. Louis Railroad Company
6/23/1927 75th Anniversary Time Tables
n.d. Account Book
11/20/1860 Receipt for transportation for a car of hogs
11/30/1860 Receipt of purchase from Western Hog Yards
12/1/1860 Receipt of sale from Black & Vroman for 209 hogs
11/26/1860 An agreement to transport live animals from the New York and Erie Railroad
3/17/1851 Receipt from the Lake Erie, Wabash, and St. Louis Railroad for $1.91
5/3/1853 Account Book
Size of Collection: 2 Folders
Collection Dates: 1851-1927
Provenance: James F. Bippus; 4/20/1928
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English