Creator

Date Original

ca. 1874

Description

Printed color map of Arkansas showing land grants of the St. Louis, Mountain and Southern, Little Rock and Fort Smith routes. The map states that two million acres of Arkansas have been adapted to farming grazing, fruit growing and timber and that the land is sold in tracts to suit the purchaser.

Biographical/Historical Note

Many Arkansas towns were originally founded as railroad towns, and railroad companies' offers of land brought many settlers to the state. The St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway was a historic railroad that operated in Missouri, and Arkansas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, running from St. Louis, Missouri, to Texarkana, Arkansas, as well as to southeast Missouri.

In 1883 the StLIM&S was acquired by Jay Gould, becoming part of a 9,547 miles (15,364 km) system. On May 12, 1917, it was formally merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which in turn was merged into the Union Pacific Railroad in 1982.

The Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad was a railroad that operated in the state of Arkansas between 1853 and 1875. The business was plagued by financial difficulties, and was bankrupt by 1874. It came to national prominence when its bonds were the subject of a scandal involving Republican presidential candidate James G. Blaine in 1876.

Physical Description

Map, 17" x 14"

Keywords

Railroads

Contributor

Arkansas Land Commissioner, G.A.A. Deane

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

Map 0097

Resource Type

Map

Collection

Historic Maps Collection

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Map Showing the Land Grants of the St. Louis, Mountain and Southern, Little Rock and Fort Smith Railways in Arkansas, Map0097, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6901 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

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Railroads

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