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Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road, The: Dreams of Linking North and South
H. Roger Grant
Indiana U Press
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The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road

Dreams of Linking North and South

By H. Roger Grant.

Cloth with dust jacket, 7x10", 208 pages, 23 b&w illustrations, 2 maps. 2014.

"Among the grand antebellum plans to build railroads to interconnect the vast American republic, perhaps none was more ambitious than the Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston. The route was intended to link the cotton-producing South and the grain and livestock growers of the Old Northwest with traders and markets in the East, creating economic opportunities along its 700-mile length. But then came the Panic of 1837, and the project came to a halt.

"H. Roger Grant tells the incredible story of this singular example of “railroad fever” and the remarkable visionaries whose hopes for connecting North and South would require more than half a century - and one Civil War - to reach fruition."

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Slow, Difficult and Dangerous Travel
  • 2. A Rail Road?
  • 3. Knoxville, 1836
  • 4. Surveys, Finances and Construction
  • 5. Crisis and Contraction
  • 6. What Happened
  • 7. What Might Have Happened
  • Notes
  • Index