Finding aid for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company Correspondence

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company
Title: Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company Correspondence
Dates: 1869-1874
Extent: 1.00 linear feet (3 containers)
Abstract: The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company is one of the oldest railroads in America, the Chesapeake and Ohio was created by an act of the Virginia legislature in 1826. Known as the Louisa Railroad prior to 1868, a major source of the C & O's income was for many years hauling coal from the coal fields of Virginia and West Virginia to ports along the Potomac River and to industries in the midwest. During the 1920s, the C & O was owned by the Van Sweringen brothers, with corporate offices in Cleveland's Terminal Tower. Cyrus Eaton served as chairman of the board for nearly 20 years beginning in 1954. In 1962, the C & O was merged with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to create the Chessie System, which, along with Seaboard Coastline Industries, make up the CSX Corporation. The collection consists of business letters received by H.D. Whitcomb, chief engineer, Richmond, Virginia, 1869-1871; and letters received by A.H. Perry, general superintendent, C.P. Huntington, president, and J.J. Tracy, treasurer, 1872-1874.
MS Number MS 1089
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English