Skip to main content

Fort Wayne and Southern Railroad stock certificate

 Collection — Folder: S1856
Identifier: S1856

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a stock certificate for 100 shares in the Fort Wayne and Southern Railroad purchased by a James Taggart. Dated November 21, 1854, the certificate is signed by company president William H. Holman and secretary David T. Haines.


  • 1854/11/21


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

The Fort Wayne and Southern Railroad was chartered in 1849 and its route was to run from Fort Wayne to Jeffersonville, Indiana. In 1854, a plan was unveiled which proposed to extend the railroad to Louisville, Kentucky via a tunnel under the Ohio River and fundraising was begun in earnest by the end of that year. The bold plan did not come to fruition and the railroad was forced into bankruptcy by the autumn of 1855. The only part of the proposed route completed by the original company was between Fort Wayne and Muncie, Indiana. The Fort Wayne and Southern was later absorbed into the Nickel Plate system and work on the southern section was eventually completed by the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad.


Weisert, John J. "A Tunnel for the Southern Trade?" Indiana Magazine of History 51, no. 4 (1955): 317-22. Accessed April 21, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana State Museum.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/04/23 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/04/23 by Laura Eliason.
Fort Wayne and Southern Railroad stock certificate
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.