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Exhibit of the Chicago and Aurora Road Company
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TitleExhibit of the Chicago and Aurora Road Company
DescriptionEight page pamphlet describing the proposed location of the Chicago and Aurora railroad. A map of Illionis on a sheet measuring 16.5 x 20.5 inches is inserted inside the front cover. The map shows the state boundary, the west side of Lake Michigan, counties, rivers and several either existing or proposed rail lines.
SubjectRailroads
Maps
Subject (LCSH)Railroads - Illinois
Geographic LocationUnited States - Illinois
Time Period1850s
PublisherNew York, Geo. F. Nesbitt & Co., Printers and Stationers
Date1852
TypeText
Formatpdf
IdentifierFinley Collection HE2771.I3 C48 1852
Languageeng
RightsSee http://library.knox.edu/digitalcollections/rightsinfo.htm
CollectionRailroads in the Midwest, Early Documents and Images (Knox College)
Transcript
EXHIBIT
OF THE
CHICAGO AND AURORA
ROAD COMPANY

EX HIBIT
OF THB
CHICAGO AND AURORA
ROAD COMPANY.
NEW-YORK:
GEORGE F. NESBITT & CO., PRINTERS AND STATIONERS,
CORNER OF WALL AND WATER STREETS.
1852.
EXHIBIT
OF THE
CHICAGO AND AURORA ROAD COMPANY.
THIS road commences at its junction with t.he Galena ann ('hi~.
cago Union Railroad, thirty miles west of Chicago, and ext.eno,
fifty-seven and a half miles in a direction west southwest, to tllt'
point of connection with the Galena branch of the Illinois Central
Railroad, sixteen miles due north of JAt Salle, and twenty-ri, !lht
miles south-east of Dixon.
By an agreement with the Directors of the Galena nnd Chi­cago
Union Railroad, thirty miles of that road, between Chica.go
and the junction, is to be used in common between the two com­panies,
making this road, for all beneficial purposes, :1n indepelJ­dent
one, from Chicago, a distance of eighty-seven and a half
miles.
Twelve miles and a half of the fifty-seven and a half miles
have been completed and in operation since November, 1850.
The road west from Aurora has been located, and the right of
way obtained, and the grading, bridging, &c., of the road, :1re
now progressing, by contr:1ct with responsible parties, and on
terms less than the engineers' estimates.
The country through which this road extends is unsurpassed
for fertility, and affords unequaled advantageR for t.he construction
of a first-class road Rt a small expense. There are but five
curves on the whole distance. The grades vary but little from a
level, except at the cros.ing of streams, and do not, in any part,
exceed twenty feet to the mile.
The estimates are made for a superior first-class road, with a
compound or continuous rail of seventy pounds to the yard.
That portion of the road now in use, was constructcd with a
heavy flat rail, and is now in good order, and win undoubtedly
am;wer the business of the road for several years. The cost of
the road now in usc, and its equipment, is $120, 000, and is at the
present time worth a handsome bonus. The estimated cost of
the extended road is about $20, 000 per mile, for which expendi­ture
the road will be complete in all its appointments.
To provide for this sum, the Directors have obtained reliable
subscriptions for $680, 000 of the Capital Stock, (and rejected
applications for a much larger amount, ) on which they propose
to make calis, not exceeding sixty per cent., and they have issued
six hundred and forty Bonds, of One Thousand Dollars each,
bearing interest at seven per cent., payable semi-annually, in New­York.
These Bonds are secured by a mortgage to Shepherd Knapp
and George S. Robbins, of New-York, in trust for the holders of
them. The mortgage covers the entire road of fifty-seven and a
half miles, including all land, stations, depots, &c., (in fact all
property not personal, ) and has been exeouted and acknowledged
by the proper officers, and recorded in all the counties through
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which the road passes. It has been accepted, and is now held
by the Trustees, and its legality is certified by the Hon. Hugh
T., Dickey, Circuit Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, Illinois.
This road, in connection with the Illinois Central, will form
the shortest, cheapest, and most expeditious route, connecting
Chicago with the navigable waters ofthe Illinois River, at La Salle.
'1'he tributaries to this road will be the Illinois Central, with
its traffic, from its point of divergence south, from its main line
to Chicago, a distance of about 220 miles; also its traffic from
the north, south of Freeport, and from Dixon. It will also con­nect
with the Military Tract Railroad, (at the intersecting point on
the Illinois Central, sixteen miles north of La Salle, ) and form a
continuous and direct route through the Military District, about
equi-distant from t, he Mississippi and Illinois rivers, to Quincy, on
the Mississippi, and will receive the entire through traffic of that
road. A road is now constructing from opposite Burlington,
in Iowa, on the 3iississippi, to Galesburg, to connect with the
Military Tract Road at that point.
A road is now being surveyed from Dixon, through Stirling, to
Albany, on the Mississippi, and a road will soon be constructed
from opposite Albany to Iowa City, in Iowa, and thence west,
through that Stat.e, forming the most direct route to Chicago, for
the central portion of that State. From Hannibal, in Missouri,
on the Mississippi, a few miles below Quincy, a road is now being
constructed, and will be early completed, to St. Joseph, on the
Missouri River, a distance of about 200 miles, forming the most
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direct route from that place to Chicago, by th" Military Tract,
and Chicago and Aurora roads.
These various roads, reaching the Mississippi at four points
widely apart, and uniting on favorable terms, will bring a large
traffic over the Chicago and Aurora Road, from castel'll and
central Iowa, western, north-western and south-western Illinois
a, nd l\'Iissouri, to Chicago, soon to become the first commercial
city of tbe West. By these several roads, the distance
From Chicago to St. Joseph, on the Missouri River, is 470 miles,
" do. "Quincy, "Mississippi " 270
" do. "Burlington, " do. " 210
, ( do. "Albany, " do. " 155
It is confidently asserted, that no other railroad company in
the United States could prescnt, at its commencement, a list of
Stockholders, equal in strength and respectability to the one
appended.
It comprises names well known for ability and experience m
similar enterprises, and affords strong assurance to other capital­ists
that an investment in the Bonds of this Company will prove
a sound one.
The stock has not been taken as a speculation, but as an in­vestment,
and it now bears a premium of $10, per share, pre­mium,
the first installment of 5 per cent. only being paid.
A map, showing the routes and copnections of the several roads
named, can be inspected at the office of O. S. Robbins & Son,
52 Wall strect.
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STOCKHOLDERS.
GEORGE GRISWOLD, ...•••....•..•...• New-York.
JOHN C. GREEN, .. ••.....• ••.•.... "
W. S. WETl\IORE, .......................... "
N. M. BECK'VITH, •.••• _..... •••........ "
A. ROBBINS, ............................................ "
J. M. FORBES, ...•..•••...••..•.•.•• Boston.
J. E. THAYER & BRO., ...............
MARK HEALY, .0................................... u
J. L. GARDNER, ..................................... "
Wn.I D'\VIGHT, ......................................... "
F. SKINNER, ............................................ "
W1tI. A1\'IORY"........................................... "
GEORGE PEABODY, .. •...... •......... Salem.
F. PEABODy, ........................ ".
J. A. PARKER, ...................... New Bedford.
Jos. GRINNELL, ..................... "
JAMES ARNOLD, ......................................... "
W. W. SWAINE, ••••.••••.......••••• "
OLIVER PRESCOTT, ............................ , ....... "
J. H. CLIFFORD, ........................................ "
W. P. HAINES, •••.•••••••.••.....• Biddeford, Mass.
ELrJAH HALE, ••.• ••.• •... ••••••••• Stowe, Mass.
TIMOTHY DWIGHT, ••••••••..••...••• New Haven, Ct.
E. & T. FAIRBANKS, •..•••••••.••.•• St.Johnsbury, vt.
CHARLES P. WILLIAMS, ••••.•••...•.• Stonington, Ct.
HEMAN FERRY, ••••••••••••••..•••• Utica, N. Y.
W. H. FERRy, .....••.... •.. •...." "
ERASTUS CORNING, ••••.•••.•••.•••• Alba.ny, "
GILBERT C. DAVIDSON, .............." "
W. 1. McALPINE, •••••.•.••••...•• , , , "
J. V. L. PRUyN, .................." "
U. T. HOWE, ••••.•.•.•••••••.••.•• Detroit.
C. H. HURD, .......•.•....•.••• •.•• "
J. L. HURD & Co., ......................... "
J. W. BROOKS, •••.•••••••••••••••• "
E. B. WARD....................... "
JOY & PORTER, ......... •....•..••.• "
HENRY BROOKS, •• •• •• •••• •••• •••• H
M. BRAyMAN, ...................... Chicago, Illinois.
STEPHEN F. GALE, ..................." "
E. C. LARNED, ....................." "
ISAAC H. BURCH, ......... •••• •. •." "
JOHN B. TURNER, .... •••• ••••••...." "
E. J. TINKHAM, ..................." "
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JOHN FRINK, ..•.•......••......••• Chicago, Illinois.
J. BEECHER, .. ••.••................" "
GEORGE '.tV. DOLE, ..................." "
B. W. RAYMOND, ................... " "
HUGH T. DICKEY, .................." "
MARK SKINNER. •• ••••.•••.••• •••• "
J. BRINKERHOFF, ••• e................ •••• " "
JAl\IES H. COJJLINS, ....................... " "
C. J. H A.l\IMOND, ............................ " " A. H. BURLEY, •........... •.................. " "
C. BURLEY, ••........... •••••• ••••....... " "
JOHN C. DODGE, ........................... " " WM. H. A. SMITH, ........................ " " H. A. TUCKER & CO., .................... H "
B. HACKNEY, ••••••..••••••.•••••••• Aurora,
BRADY & ALLEN, ............... '"... '" "
"
GEORGE W. lVAITE, ....................... " " J. VAN NORTHWICK, ...••..••.•••..• Batavia, "
DIRECTORS.
S. F. GALE, ••••••••.•••.••••..•.•• Chicago, President.
1. H. Bt'RCH, •.• •••• •••••• ••••••.." T1·easurel·.
E. C. LARNED, ...... •••• •.•....•••• "
JOHN FRINK, ................................. "
A. ROBBINS, ....................... New-York.
GILBERT C. DAVIDSON, •.••..•••••. , Albany.
J. W. BROOKS, ••••••••••.••••.••••• Detroit.
1. F.Joy, ........................ "
J. VAN NORTHWICK, ••••.•.•••...•.• Batavia.
BENJ. HACKNEy, ................... Aurora.
J. BRADy, .... ••••••.•••••• •••••••• "
PHILIP HALL, Secretary.
Date Digital2010-04-28
Physical Description8 p. fold. map. 23 cm.
FilenameChicago_and_Aurora.pdf
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