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Gulf and Ship Island Railroad Company documents

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0602

Scope and Contents

The collection contains documents dealing with various financial considerations concerning mortgages, bonds, consolidations, etc., between 1912 And 1914.

Dates

  • 1912-1936

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

The Gulf and Ship Island Railroad was constructed in the state of Mississippi, USA, at the turn of the 20th century to open a vast expanse of southern yellow pine forests for commercial harvest. In spite of economic uncertainty, entrepreneurs William H. Hardy and Joseph T. Jones successfully completed railroad construction. The railroad resulted in the development of a seaport and expansion of cities along its route. The railroad was developed under three charters provided by the Mississippi State Legislature. The first charter was given in 1850, followed by a second in 1856. The second charter expired and lapsed for 31 years, because of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. The state legislature validated a third charter in 1887.

The Gulf and Ship Island Railroad operated exclusively in the State of Mississippi. The company owned approximately 160 miles (257 km) of standard gauge main rail line, 147 miles (237 km) of branch lines and 106 miles (171 km) of track in Gulfport. The state of Mississippi derived substantial benefits from the G&SIRR. The railroad facilitated the development of towns along its route, gave rise to a booming timber industry, resulted in the creation of the city of Gulfport, and brought about construction of a deep-water seaport. Beginning in 1924, the G&SIRR operated as a subsidiary of the Illinois Central Railroad but lost its independent identity in 1946.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 inch)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Documents dealing with various financial considerations concerning mortgages, bonds, consolidations, etc., between 1912 And 1914

Provenance

unknown

General

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Processed by

Susan Braden, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Title
Guide to the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad Company documents
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
January 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500