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Guide to the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad Company documents MSS.0602

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

Januar 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-04-25T10:43-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

April 2013
Collection Title:

Gulf and Ship Island Railroad Company documents

Unit ID:

MSS.0602

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (1 inch)

Dates:

1912-1936

Abstract:

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

creator

Gulf and Ship Island Railroad.

Scope and Contents note

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

Biographical/Historical note

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.

Preferred Citation:

Gulf and Ship Island Railroad Company documents, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Susan Braden, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Acquisition Information:

unknown

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

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Source(s)

Gulf and Ship Island Railroad. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Business and Labor (localbroad)

Railroads--Mississippi (lcsh)

Technology and Industry (localbroad)

Documents Box 2908