Salem Branch, Rolla-Lebanon Sub

Discussion in 'Salem Branch' started by rogerrt477, Feb 17, 2002.

  1. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Thanks Karl for the date on the Lead Line, as I said, I didn't pay too much attention to history back then. Several guys talked about the lead line, 67 thats not nearly as old a line as I had thought.
  2. I would like information on prior names of East End on the S&E-RR's.
    There were two spellings; Rulon & Roulon. Which was correct?
    Web-searches have not found the meaning of those words of Rulon & Roulon;....
    ( One possibility was something like "come and let's talk" ).
    Likely French, but could be Dutch or German.
    Nor found any of the early history's of pioneer small hamlet s.
    Western Iron County was not much in the early years, nor were they important.
    Like Dent County, records were not or lost of earliest founding within those counties.
    Dent Counties first court house was burned loosing most all records of histories,..
    ( burnt by so called Confederates ).

    Any info about Rulon or Roulon?
  3. From web-searches;

    S&E-RR passage from Dillard to Viburnum 1912 was called Iron County Central RR
    ( investors of ICC-RR likely paid for the extension of those ~6 miles, that included
    it's small ridge rail-yard in what is now Viburnum. Also including a short siding to the west
    on the first western ridge just onward from Dillard.
    Next was the northern looping around the to-steepness leaving and returning to what is now
    hwy 49E. Half way through the looping there likely was a siding northward along the slightly
    lowering ridge line (maps show that as the same types of dashed lines). Both sidings could be
    pasting tracts and/or for parking of rail cars during the construction period and later.

    I understand that the S&E had to pay for the lease to be the only user of that 1912 expansion.
    Those investors names I could not find, but there was a formed association; ....
    likely western Iron County property owners and even perhaps Sligo Furnace Company
    executives. On historical plat books it shows just a few family names as owning most
    of the massive tracks of forested lands within western Iron County. Those may of had
    been a part of the association. There were not many other citizens.

    From Viburnum the S&E next expansion south (to what now is Bixby and then eastward
    to East End) could have been delayed and not yet needed as timber was cut along
    the ICC-RR's locations. Info. found said ICC-RR was just on financial papers
    ( had no physicals, no rolling stock s or equipment ).

    The still visible old ROW in Viburnum could have been part of the ICC's small rail-yard
    there on the constant elevation ridge-line, with the trough tracks being along what is
    now hwy 49S. Since in those earlier times, cut & fillings were to hard of labor,
    (& without modern construction methods), were to costly and would have cause delays.
    Also meaning without cut & filling, following south and east (what is now hwy 49S & 49E )
    likely tried to keep a nearly constant elevation. Like many RR construction in early times,
    a so called rocky road would of had been easily constructed directly next to the new tracks
    for the same reasons and not taking out tree stumps farther outward from the new ROW.
    Looking on hwy maps, the hwy 45S&E has the gentile railway types of curves
    and no sharp turns.
    The 1960's construction of the Lead-line was modern straight as possible and
    easy to do modern cuts & fillings. Of course in the 1960's the existing town
    was already along the hwy. 49.
  4. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    "Roulons," en fran├žais, translates to "let's roll." I do not know how that might relate to a place name, except maybe the founders got there, had some coffee and resolved to carry on.
    mountaincreekar and Joe Lovett like this.
  5. --------------------------------
    Thanks for the translation.
    Well may be the guys that were there just sat there and saw others come, those not like it and roulons ?
    When a few more decided to stay, they had to name it since it was becoming a hamlet. ??

    Since the ridge area there was so small there was not much space for a small rail yard.
    If more area was needed, perhaps the S&E-RR moved into the hollow there going northward.
    Somewhere they had to load up a string of flat cars, move those around and to turn the locomotive around.
    Even historical topo maps do not show yards and sidings. They even have less details.

    The history says that the Sligo Furnace Company built a store there. And the small building
    just west on 32 was a school after it was renamed to East End. So something was in the hollow
    to the north. Although being narrow, the hollow continues northward more
    as the elevation drops there is more space to inhabit.
    I guess it makes some sense that the S&E would not like to transport all those lumberjacks every day.
    I still do not understand how they got water. Should not be any
    shallow water table there, until modern drilling equipment became available.
    The road was constructed as hwy. 32 in ~ 1929 (the year when the S&E stopped operating).

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