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Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad Company stocks and bonds

 Collection — Folder: S2113
Identifier: S2113

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the following items: a $50.00 bond for the Cincinnati, Logansport and Chicago Railroad Company signed by Caleb Blood Smith on August 3, 1854; three stock certificates for the Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad Company, two signed by Smith on May 12 and September 12, 1855 and one signed by Solomon Meredith on October 19, 1858. The collection also has an August 11, 1866 letter written by Daniel D. Pratt at Logansport, Indiana and sent to George B. Rogers at Cincinnati; and a two-sided page with promotional information regarding the use of Osgood's Progressive Readers and Speller in Indiana (circa 1866).


  • 1854-1866


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.

Historical Note

The Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad Company built its railroad line through a number of communities in Indiana during the 1850s. Caleb Blood Smith, a former Indiana congressman who was later appointed Secretary of the Interior by Abraham Lincoln, served as president of the company from 1854 to 1859. Building out from Cincinnati, the railroad reached New Castle, Indiana in 1853. It was completed to Logansport in 1857 and reached La Crosse in LaPorte County in 1861. The 10.4 miles between La Crosse and Valparaiso were abandoned in 1865 after the Chicago and Great Eastern Railway built its own line from La Crosse through Crown Point and on to Chicago.


Britannica Kids. "Caleb Blood Smith." Accessed December 11, 2020.

"Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad." Logansport Democratic Pharos (Ind.), July 15, 1857.

Simons, Richard S. and Francis H. Parker. Railroads of Indiana. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1997.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/12/11 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/12/11 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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