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The author worked for the K &I T RR from June 9, 1944 until the sale of December 31, 1981.
My title at that time was General Agent. The new owner Southern Railroad named me Agent Terminal
Control and when the Southern merged with the Norfolk and Western in early 1982 I was retained in
that position. I retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad January 1, 1986, at age 60, and wrote this
history in 1991.
The site of the bridge is interesting. In the early years of America, those who explored the
rivers came to know the rapids and falls on the Indiana side of the Ohio River, and the fact the river
dropped 26 feet in less than two miles. Great buffalo herds moving from the prairie lands of northern
Illinois to the salt licks in central Kentucky forded the river at a level place below the falls. It was at
this crossing that LaSalle, the intrepid French explorer is supposed to have passed in 1669. After that
came the trappers, hunters, missionaries, and pioneer settlers following the same trail. At this site you
will find the K&ITRR Bridge.
JOS. J. GAYNOR

The Last President (1964-1982) of the K&I
T.R.R. of their 101 year History. This
Presentation Dedicated to him and the
memory of previous Presidents, M.
MCDONALD, B.H. YOUNG, WM. MITCHELL, W.E.
KNOX, J.H. RIGHTMEYER, W.S. CAMPBELL, and
C.W. ASHBY.


A 101 Year
History of the
K&IT R.R. by the
last GEN. FRT.
AGT

John E. Hartline
KENTUCKY & INDIANA BRIDGE CO, - private railroad {1880-
1900}financed by W.S CULBERTSON and W.T. GRANT mostly.

KENTUCKY & INDIANA BRIDGE & RAILROAD CO,- BOUGHT in
1900 out bankruptcy for 700,000 by SOUTHERN, B&O, &
MONON RAILROADS.

KENTUCKY & INDIANA TERMINAL R.R,- renamed by three
owner lines and constructed new bridge 1910-1912.


Kentucky & Indiana Terminal R.R
Bennet Young-Pres. 1800-1900 of Ky. &
Ind. Bridge Co., a private railroad,
horse/buggy, and pedestrian carrying
bridge. financed mostly by W.S. Culbertson
and W.T. Grant, and built 1880-1805 for $
1,400.000.00.
1843-1919 Photos courtesy Filson Club.
W.M. Mitchell-Mgr./Chief Engineer 1900-1912 of the
Ky. & Ind. Bridge & Railroad Co. This was the new
name given when Southern, B&O. and Monon jointly
purchased it out of receivership for$ 700,000.00 in
1900. He built the 2nd bridge 1910-1912 with two
tracks and it was declared the 2nd heavist bridge
in the world weighing 36 million pounds and
costing $ 2,400,000.00 to build. Also in 1910 the
railroad was renamed the Kentucky & Indiana
Terminal R.R.
W. E. Knox-Mgr./Chief Engineer
1913-1915
J.H. Rightmeyer-Mgr./Chief Engineer
1915-1917
W.S. Campbell- Mgr./Chief Engineer
1917-1944. He reigned 28 years, and
was named Pres. & Gen. Mgr. in 1938.
He brought over 200 industries to the
K&I. The most notable were Dupont,
Goodrich, Rohm Haas, and many
others. Photo courtesy daughter
Agnes (Campbell) Johnson in
Scottsdale, Arizona.
C.W. Ashby- Pres. & Gen. Mgr. 1944-
1964. He came off the Southern R.R.
in their Eastern region.
Jos. J. Gaynor- Pres. & Gen.
Mgr. 1964-1981. He came off the
B.&O R.R. in Baltimore. Md.
R.R. Hawkins-Pres. & Gen. Mgr. for
7 months pending sale to Southern
R.R. 12-31-1981 for 30 million
dollars
ending a 101 year history, but they
will never be forgotten in the
memories of older Louisvillians.
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