Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The
Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The
Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The
Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The
Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The
Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The
Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The
Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The

Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The

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Story of a Southern Carrier Louisville & Nashville An outline History The
 
Story of a Southern Carrier, The Louisville & Nashville by John Leeds Kerr
Hard Cover
67 pages
Owners name on the inside from 1934
Copyright 1933

CONTENTS
I. RAILROADS IN THE ANTE-BELLUM SOUTH1
II. THE WAR OF SECESSION18
III. RECONSTRUCTION 36
IV. EXPANSION49

PROLOGUE
The growth and development of the Louisville &Nashville Railroad is an important factor in the history of southern industrial progress. With the passing of the first frontiers, the railroads assumed a paramount importance in American history. The original turnpikes south of the Ohio River later became routes for leading railroads. From the outset the South was vitally concerned with railroad development and its political value at a time when the seeds of the great sectional controversy were being sown. When Jefferson Davis sponsored surveys for a Pacific Railroad, he was especially desirous of a southern route to extend westward from either Memphis or Vicksburg, so that all new states which might be created and furnished with transportation might come into the Union as slave states.
The pioneer Kentucky road was recognized for its military value during the War of Secession, and tactics in connection with all southern railways revealed to the world for the first time that communications determined failure or success of major military operations. During the turbulent days of Reconstruction, the company suffered from the severe chaos which characterized that period. Despite the paucity of earning power, depreciated currencies and industrial stagnation, which militated against profitable operations, the Louisville & Nashville survived, and its credit was never jeopardized.
A chronological account of miles constructed and added to the system by itself would be merely a tedious corporate narrative. The history of the property is so much a part of all railroad history down south that other railroads in this section form an integral component of the transportation pattern which must be considered in connection with the Louisville & Nashville as a separate recital. Railways in the ante-bellum South were largely connecting links between inland waterways or feeder lines to the important seaports along the south Atlantic. In Kentucky and Tennessee turnpike roads had been completed and this retarded the actual construction of railroads in these states. The eastern cotton belt enjoyed the advantages of railway facilities before other sections of the South.
The South did not begin to recuperate from the enervating after effects of the Carpet Bagger era until almost the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Louisville & Nashville has experienced five depressions and never has been faced with the prospect of bankruptcy, but like all other railroads it has had problems to meet during over eighty years of operations. The strong financial position of the company was made possible by the vast increases in traffic which started about 1900. The development of the steel and automobile industries after the World War widened the markets for Kentucky coal and placed the Louisville & Nashville in an enviable position among the soft coal roads. Throughout its territory the company is known as the "Old Reliable" and if the past provides any basis for prophecy of future achievements the permanency of this appellation will be assured.

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