Some Salem Branch maps

Discussion in 'Salem Branch' started by Explorer Chris, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. First up, we have one from 1884. The one is interesting because it shows TWO lines south of Salem, one to Riverside Mines, and as second line to a place called "Iron Hill". It also shows what I believe would be the branch to DeCamp terminating at a location called "Simpson". I have not been able to locate any of these locations on modern maps.

    RIVERSIDE MINES 1884.jpg

    Second, here is one from 1888 featuring all the same locations as the one above.

    RIVERSIDE MINES 1888.jpg

    Third, we have one from 1898. This one shows some additional trackage to both Sligo (which by this time would've been the connection to the Sligo and Eastern) as well as to Plank Iron Bank. The line that was previously labelled as "Iron Hill" is now called "Simmons Mountain". It also shows what I assume is the DeCamp line, but does not name a terminus.


    Here's 1901...same as the last one but Riverside Mines is gone.


    Here's 1912. This one shows the DeCamp branch and also shows a line south of Salem but doesn't indicate the last point on the line. It also shows a little bit of the Sligo and Eastern.


    Finally, 1927. I had to piece this one together, but it's pretty decent. By this time, Salem is the end of the line. It shows the Cherry Valley branch, as well as a good chunk of the Sligo and Eastern.


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  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    I have found the use of "gazetteer" web sites and to some extent geneology web sites to be useful when looking for ghost towns and abandoned sites. They will usually give the source of the location name and a location given as Twp/Rge/Sec or Lat/Long.
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  3. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Using USAPhotoMaps software, I have found an old trace labeled "Old Railroad Grade". It is due west of the town of Wesco on the Salem branch. It appears that whatever line this was MAY have gone to St. James, and state road 68 MAY have used the roadbed to get over near St. James. However, as you near St. James, the gradient that it appears Hwy 68 utilizes to arrive at St. James does not look conducive to a railroad roadbed.

    Anyway, the lat/lon for the southernmost end of the "Old Railroad Grade" is:

    N 37.854158
    W -91.550241

    What a fascinating area!

    Edit: Chris, is there any way you can post larger sized maps? Or, can you link to the sources? I may be able to assist in figuring out where some of those lost towns were.

    I am very interested in exploring this area using virtual terrain with any eye toward relaying the old railroads as a "V scale" (virtual scale, aka computer simulation) project, circa 1870s!
  4. wpmoreland719

    wpmoreland719 Member Supporter

    The Decamp branch runs parallel to MO Rt. 68 on the highway's east side beginning near the intersection of Hwy YY west of Cook Station. It crosses Hwy 68 between Winkler and the intersection of State Rt. NN, and ends about five miles or so north along a Phelps County Road. It did not reach St. James. The roadbed is still very easy to spot from the highway in most places; some small culverts still exist. The Decamp branch intersected with the Salem Branch at Bangert Missouri, and was abandoned in the early 1930's.

    Pat Moreland,
    Union Mo.
  5. Yeah, the trackage that more-or-less follows 68 would've been been the DeCamp branch. The maps show up larger on my computer, I don't know why the turned out so small once I uploaded them.
  6. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member


    Thanks for your help. There's a DeCamp Road that has gentle sweeping curves in it that heads west about 3/4 mile north of YY/68 junction. Might DeCamp have been on that road, and the road uses the D&P road bed?

    The Condray Branch:

    I only find one significant mine remnant west of Bangert where the Condray Branch was supposed to run. The mine in question was located just about 1/4 mile west of 68 and 1/4 mile north of FF. Wonder if that was the major mine that the Condray Branch was built to serve?
  7. See above
  8. mkauffman

    mkauffman Member

    Just recently got interested in learning a little about the branch lines out of Cuba, Missouri. Have found these threads interesting and informative. FYI, you can locate the route along Route 86 if you use the new USGS historic mapping resource. Go to locate the area you want, click on the map and it will show you the available historic maps. There is a quad from 1928 that shows the whole route. Very cool.

    Matt Kauffman
    Kansas City, Missouri
  9. Brad K

    Brad K Member

    I hate to bump this since it's been almost 3 years, but the maps shown have a branch line that I've been looking for - Beaver. Do you possibly have the maps from 1884 all the way to 1901? Thanks!
  10. A&P RR map 1883 also shows all other railroads in Missouri.
    Salem Branch is shown.

    In regards to DeCamp mine's location.
    From hwy. 68 north, turn west on DeCamp Road [#4160] until it stops.
    From that T- intersection go ~ 600 feet northward on county rd. F.
    Then make a left turn [to the west] for ~ 600 feet to the location of DeCamp mine.
    37.885066, -91.610323 See the pit full of water.
    Interesting, part of the DeCamp mining was underground diggings.

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