Map showing the line of the
Louisville, New Albany & St. Louis Air-Line Railroad and its
The Louisville, New Albany & St. Louis Air-Line Railroad was conceived in the years after the American Civil War as a quick connection between Louisville and St. Louis.
Railroad routes that were designed in a straight line were popularly called “Air Lines” in the late 1800's. These railroads didn’t necessarily circumnavigate hills and dales, but would cut right through them.
The Louisville, New Albany & St. Louis Air-Line ran into difficulty while tunneling the line through Edwardsville Hill. Construction of the Duncan Tunnel began in 1870, but economic matters and the Panic of 1873 delayed completion of the tunnel until 1881. By that time the reorganized railroad was renamed the Louisville, Evansville & St. Louis Railroad. It would later form part of the Southern Railway.
This map focuses on portions of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. It was published in 1872 by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co.
Indicated are waterways, cities and towns, county and state boundaries, and Illinois and Indiana coal fields. Railroads are labeled, with main lines color coded.