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Arches Rail Trail History
This line was built by the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad. In January 1851, the Illinois legislature chartered the Terre Haute and Alton, and construction began in 1852. George H. Drury, in "The Historical Guide to North American Railroads", reports that the expectation of its builders was that Alton would be more important than St. Louis. On March 1, 1856, the main line from Terre Haute, Indiana, to Alton, Illinois, was completed. Through the usual nineteenth century process of corporate combinations and financial failures, this line came into the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis in July 1882. In 1889 that railroad was consolidated into the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway. John Szawjkart, in "Train Watcher's Guide to St. Louis", reports that "about 1900" the railroad built the Pana Sub, a new route from Hillsboro to Mitchell. This new route was a shortcut to St. Louis. Szawjkart reports that "...the original main was relegated to local service and slowly abandoned." Drury reports that New York Central leased the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis in 1930.
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