Old Shawneetown, IL

B&O Railroad

Milepost: 0.0

B&O Old Shawneetown Depot

B&O Old Shawneetown Depot

Duane Carrell

Shawnee Township

Gallatin County

From west to east between 3rd St. and 2nd St.
From north to south between Locust and Market

Estimated GPS Coordinates: 37.69429,-88.13992

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History

Shawneetown was the B & O's first station on the 74 mile track from Ohio River to Flora. Connections from the railroads could be made to the Norfolk and Washington, DC Steamboat Company Steamers on the Ohio River that were part of the Evansville, Paducah, and Cairo Line owned and operated by the Tennessee and Ohio River Transportation Company.

On November 12, 1875, the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad announced plans to extend the Springfield branch over the Ohio River through Kentucky and connect with the Columbus and Chattanooga Railroad. Kentucky neighbors to the south made preparations in anticipation of the new bridge. It was never constructed.

The B & O rails ran along the top of the levee at one point in time. The railroad was paid to raise the structure higher to guard against future floods. Nature won the war and the B & O retreated to New Shawneetown after the 1937 flood. The train still ran to old town until the Prairie Trunk bankruptcy that ripped the rails from the ground.

Maps show circular track between the two railways that connected to the barge terminal conveyor belts.

B & O Sentinel Magazine, 2nd quarter 2015

Mattoon Gazette (Mattoon, Illinois) 12 Nov 1875
Fri  • Page 4

Shawneetown Yard Aerial View 1938

Illinois Historical Aerial Photos

1959 Shawneetown Railroad Yard

USGS Earth Explorer

Old Shawneetown Map

Ghosts of Old Shawneetown

1876 Shawneetown Map

1876 Atlas of the State of Illinois by Warner & Beers
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

Shawneetown Topographical Map

Shawneetown Track Layout

Eldorado Library

1893 Shawneetown Layout
B & O roundtable
L & N Engine House and Roundtable

Ghosts of Old Shawneetown

1885 O & M Railroad on the Levee

Library of Congress

1898 Shawneetown Map

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
newspapers.com

1899 Shawneetown
B & O and L & N location

Library of Congress

1899 B & O Shawneetown Depot Map

Library of Congress

1893 Old Shawneetown Map showing L&N and O&M Depots

1899 Map - Railroad Water Tower

Library of Congress

Shawneetown Railroad Depot Maps 1925

Gallatin County Historical Society Facebook Post

Shawneetown B&O Railroad Yard, 1/25/1937

National Archives

Shawneetown Railroad Yard, 1/25/1937

National Archives

Shawneetown Railroad Yard, 2/6/1937 after levee break

National Archives

Shawneetown Railroad Yard, 2/6/1937 after levee break

National Archives

Shawneetown Railroad Yard, 3/28/1939

National Archives

Shawneetown Railroad Yard, 3/28/1939

National Archives

The Ohio & Mississippi Railroad installed tracks along the levee in the late 1880s. The B & O raised the levee and kept the railway on the wall. In this 1898 photo of old Shawneetown, the rails can be seen between the building and the steamboat. The 1898 flood destroyed the levee and the tracks.

Ghosts of Old Shawneetown

Riverside Hotel drawing showing the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad on top of the levee. After the 1884 flood, the O&M Railroad was contracted to raise the levee height and the tracks were placed on top. They were operational until the 1898 flood.

Drawing by Roscoe Misselhorn, 1975. Picture on loan from Francie Glover to Equality's Ohio River Visitors Center

Shawneetown O&M Railroad Tracks in Front of Riverside Hotel

Gallatin County Historical Society

B & O Box Car Southwest of Depot

Ghosts of Old Shawneetown

Shawneetown B&O Depot on Left Side

1937 Flood
B & O and L & N railroad tracks
evacuated residents

Photo from H O Turner Photo Collection donated to Shawneetown Library

Shawneetown Railroad Water Tower

Provided by Christy Wayne Short
Gallatin County Historical Society

B&O Water Tower at Old Shawneetown

Gallatin County Historical Society

B & O Consolidated 2836
Shawneetown Water Tower

Philip R. Hastings photo
Courtesy Classic Trains magazine

Train No. 132 at Shawneetown, 1914

B and O Magazine

Prairie Trunk C&O GP9, PARY 6089
with a line of hoppers
3/12/1984

Courtesy of Richard Kundert

Prairie Trunk, PARY 475
crossing Peabody Coal tracks
3/12/1984

Courtesy of Richard Kundert

Restaurant in Front of B&O Track

Ghosts of Old Shawneetown

Old Shawneetown Water Tower 2017

Photo by David Cantrell