BRIEF HISTORY OF THE C.S. & ST. L. RAILROAD


| July/August 1967



C.S. & St. L. Railroad

Courtesy of Russell Eyer, Palmyra, Illinois See Story

Russell Eyer

Palmyra, Ill.

The brief history of the C.S. & St. L. Railroad comes from a brochure written by Mrs. F. L. Chiles, deceased, entitled Early History of Palmyra and given before the Palmyra Woman's Club April 3, 1913.

Also excerpts here and there given by Mrs. Etna Downing of Palmyra whose father was drayman in Palmyra for many years.

The C.S. & ST. L. was completed in January 1881. Prior to that time goods were hauled overland from Alton and later from Carlinville by oxen, later being replaced by the horse and wagon. The railroad known as the Chicago, Springfield and St. Louis railway ran from Springfield, Illinois to Alton, Illinois by the way of Curran, Loami, Waverly, Roher Station, Modesto, Palmyra, Hettick, Chesterfield, Challacombe Station, M e d o r a , Fidelity, Jerseyville, Dow, then along the bluffs into Alton.

In 1883 the hopes of the citizens were raised by the survey of the B & O Railroad which which was to run from Litchfield to Quincy. This road was graded from Litchfield through Palmyra and nearly to Scottville before the company ran out of money. So ended Palmyra's hopes for a second railroad.

This photo was originally from a postcard and taken about 1908 showing 'Uncle Hardy' Neece meeting the train at the station in Palmyra headed North to Springfield. The only other persons identified in the picture is his son Roy who was about 8 years old at the time and John Grider a resident at the time. John Childs ran the dray from 1894 to Oct. 15, 1904 when Howard Neece took over the job. Lee Bradway was the station agent at the time. For many years the streets of Palmyra were unpaved. Board walks were footpaths of the day. The first sidewalks appeared in 1901. The first telegrapher in Palmyra was V. N. Hinkle.