Southern Missouri in 1905

Discussion in 'Maps' started by pensive, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. pensive

    pensive Member Supporter

    Attached are multiple scans of a map of Missouri printed in 1905 comprising of the southern half of the state. Highways are nonexistent on the map as railroads were the primary means of transportation then. Hopefully one can enlarge them to see the detail.


    Missouri 1905 SW.jpg Missouri 1905 SM.jpg Missouri 1905 SE.jpg Missouri 1905 explanation.jpg
  2. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    This is a nice contribution.

    Some on the forum will be delighted to see inclusion of Crawford and Dent County railroads. I was somewhat confused because there appeared to be a railroad from White House on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis northwest to Ranken on the SL-SF, but that was "just" the Meramec River depicted with the same bold black as a railroad.
  3. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Fascinating. Chaffee was not yet listed, and even though I spent the first 20-some years of my life in North Scott County, I've never heard of Kaechels, Leming or Millers. Lone Rock, yes, but not the others.

    Best Regards,
  4. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Wasn't Chaffee born in 1905? I love these old maps and thanks for posting it. I thought Houck still owned the Hoxie sub in 1905 but it's shown as Frisco on this map. Hmmm.
  5. pensive

    pensive Member Supporter

    There are a couple of things I’d like to point out after studying the maps for a little bit. If you look at the present day Missouri-Oklahoma border, you’ll notice that the Oklahoma part is labeled “Ind. Ter.” as it did not become a state until 1907. The various tracts of land are divided among Native American tribes. On the Current River branch, there are two ways to get to Grandin from the Frisco. The “Grandin & North Western” is a new railroad to me. Its location would seem to make it a prime candidate for modeling. Also notice the density of railroads around Joplin.

  6. gbnf

    gbnf Member

    History and operations of the Grandin and Northwestern RR:
    The Frisco, which purchased the Kansas City, Springfield & Memphis Railroad in 1901, helped to entice Missouri Lumber into this isolated area by offering the company a reduced freight rate for lumber. In 1907, the most profitable year for Missouri Lumber and Mining, the company constructed a standard gauge tram line, beginning from the Current River Railroad two miles west of Winona, north up Mahans Creek to its mouth and then across Jacks Fork and west to Horse Hollow. In Horse Hollow, the company built a logging camp named Angeline. Missouri Lumber incorporated the tram line as the Grandin and Northwestern Railroad Company, and it later became the Salem, Winona, and Southern Railroad Company.
    The Missouri Lumber & Mining Company owns about 19 miles of track connecting with the Frisco at a point known as Winona Junction, Mo., and extending in a northerly direction to a point known as Horse Hollow. It owns 2 locomotives, 2 coaches, a caboose, 2 box cars, and 50 flat cars. The entire line was originally constructed by the lumber company as a facility for its mill, then located at Grandin, Mo., on what is now the Current River branch of the Frisco. The plant at Grandin was subsequently abandoned and the lumber company built a new mill at West Eminence. The tap line enjoys trackage rights over the Frisco for a distance of about two and a half miles between Winona Junction and Winona. There is a small station building and track scales at West Eminence.

    The lumber company loads the logs on the cars and with engines which it owns and operates hauls them over the track from Horse Hollow to the mill at West Eminence. The tap line moves no logs to the mill. It hauls the lumber from the mill to Winona, a distance of over 15 miles, where it delivers them to the Frisco.

    The tap line moved 53,101 tons of forest products of the proprietary company during the fiscal year 1910 and 3,006 tons for others. The miscellaneous freight included 5,310 tons supplied by the controlling company and 3,145 tons which is said to have been furnished by outsiders. It will be seen therefore that, the proprietary company furnishes nearly 90 per cent of the traffic. During the same year the passenger earnings aggregated $5,302.49 and the receipts from the carrying of the mails were $822.86. The tap line claims to run two "mixed trains" daily, in each direction on a regular schedule, their principal load being lumber.
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  7. pensive

    pensive Member Supporter

    The references that you provided are very interesting histories of the area. I have heard of the "Salem, Winowa & Southern Railroad."

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  8. gbnf

    gbnf Member

    If the lumber industry and time period appeals, you are right about it being a nice small road to model, and with a Frisco tie in, if you can find any photographs.
  9. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Good stuff, all.

    Jim, you're right on. I've seen newspaper accounts from about August of 1905 documenting the appearance of track crews putting down the yard tracks at what was to become Chaffee, and was a going concern as a division point and community by the end of that year. I forget the name of the paper, but the State Historical Society of Mo. has some digitized copies of a paper in Benton with a decidedly pro-worker tilt that documented some of the early goings-on at the town-to-be. Later accounts in the Southeast Missourian that I've seen did not hide the civic displeasure over the movement of the Frisco's shops from Cape Girardeau to Chaffee.

    As an aside, if anyone ever has a chance to visit the Hotel Frederic in Boonville, MO, they have some fabulous old Missouri maps in the lobby.

    Best Regards,
  10. gbnf

    gbnf Member

    Salem, Winona and Southern #101

    Thread on the Salem, Winona & Southern in 2014

    Brooklyn Cooperage Co. #202
    Sumter, South Carolina, 1929
    Engine identified as Baldwin 58446, built February 1925
    (Originally Current River Lumber Co. #101; then Salem, Winona, & Southern #101; then BR & L; then Brooklyn Cooperage Co. #202 in 1929; then Sumter Lumber Co. #202; then Esdorn Lumber Co. #202 at Sumter, SC.)

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