Th Chesapeake and Ohio Line

March 14, 1871


The West is going to have stronger connections with Richmond which will increase trade and manufacturing. There will be routes from Lexington to Louisville. In two years, Virginia will have roads from Baltimore, strengthening connections in the North as well.


The Western States are waking up on the'subject of their connections with the Virginia tide through the Chesapeake and Ohio'route. We see by the Louisville Daily'Ledger that the people of that city are becoming deeply interested in the line via 'Lexington, to the mouth of the Big Sandy,'where a junction is to be made with the'Chesapeake and Ohio road. The Ledger'states that the counties along the line in'Kentucky are subscribing liberally to its'construction, and ft thinks Louisville will'subscribe near a million to the important'work.'The route from Louisville by Lexington'to the Big Sandy deviates but slightly from'a right line. The road-bed is made for a'part of the route, only seventy miles remaining untouched; and the Ledger expresses its firm conviction that the whole'line will be finished in time to join the'Chesapeake and Ohio railroad as soon as it'is completed from the Virginia tide to the'Big Sandy.'Louisville will then be upon a principal'route to the great Southern Pacific railroad,'as well as in the line from the Virginia tide'to St. Louis and the far West. The people'of Louisville cannot over-estimate the importance of this enterprise; and if they do'not take hold of it at once, and push it'through, they will show a strange neglect'of their most important interests.'On the north side of the Ohio there is a'lively interest exhibited on the subject of'our great middle line of railway, and we'look forward to the early construction of a'direct line from the terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio road to Cincinnati.'In two years we may look to see the most'favorable extensions of the Chesapeake and'Ohio road through the western and northwestern States. The sagacious president'of the Chesapeake and Ohio (Mr. Huntington)'has given his particular attention to'these extensions, and has taken measures'to expedite their completion as much as'possible. In two years, then. Richmond'will have as favorable communications with'the West as Baltimore, and all that she will'then need to ensure her rapid growth and'prosperity will be that her citizens shall'have the enterprise and sagacity to make'the best use of these advantages.
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