Louisville & Nashville Railroad in Hamilton County
The Louisville and Nashville railroad had 42 miles of track that branched from McLeansboro through 14 miles in Hamilton County, across Saline, and Gallatin County to the Ohio River at Shawneetown. Approximately 5 miles of the L & N were in Mayberry Township with a depot located at Broughton.
Hamilton County also had stops along the west - east section of the L & N at: Belle Rive, Dahlgren, Delafield, and Thackery. Dahlgren and Thackery had depots but it is not clear if the other towns did.
The Dahlgren, Dale, and Broughton depots still stand and photos of current condition and historical are displayed on the L & N photos page.
L & N History
St. Louis and Southeastern Railroad chartered to build a railway from the Mississippi River opposite St. Louis to Mt. Vernon, McLeansboro, Equality, and on to the Ohio River at Shawneetown.
Evansville and Southern Illinois Railroad Company chartered to connect McLeansboro to the Big Wabash River via Enfield and Carmi.
The people of Hamilton County voted to provide $200,000 to the Shawneetown line and $74,000 to the Wabash River venture. Hamilton County provided $237,000 to the St. Louis and Southeastern Railroad and $37,000 to the Evansville and Southern Illinois Railroad. Before any construction was started the two companies consolidated under the St. Louis and Southeastern name.
January 1, 1872
The main line was completed from East St. Louis across the Wabash River to Evansville, IN. The branch from McLeansboro to Shawneetown had also been finished with the McLeansboro depot located a mile south of McLeansboro Junction with the main line via a Y-track. Both freight and passenger service were offered.
Shortly thereafter, a consolidation joined Kentucky and Tennessee railway companies with rails to Nashville with the St. Louis railway under the name: St. Louis & Southeastern Consolidated.
The tracks from St. Louis to Nashville via Evansville were sold to William Whitehouse and Charles Opdyke at auction.
Opdyke and Whitehouse conveyed their railroad to the Southeast & St. Louis Railway Company. This company finally leased the railway to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company and it owned the railroad until its end.
According to the In the, August 1952 issue of the Louisville and Nashville Employes' Magazine, passenger service was discontinued on trains 34 and 35 on Evansville Division's Shawneetown Branch in July of 1952.
The Hamilton County GIS real estate web site, shows the American Coal Company as the owner of the former rail line right of way.
Western Reporter Robert Desty Charles Andrew Ray January 1, 1886 Lawyers' Co-operative Publishing Company pg. 396-397