The Mississippi River Hamburg & Western Railway

The Mississippi River Hamburg & Western Railway connected Crossett, AR with Luna Landing, on the Old River, which itself is an older channel of the Mississippi River. In all, the route was just under 50 miles in length. (Right of way)

Image: Bill Pollard

Upon completion in 1901, the line became a subsidiary of the St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway, who became its outright operator in 1909.

1901 MRH&W Map via Bill Pollard

The line's primary haul was lumber, but in an ironic twist, also hauled gravel for highway construction, which would be a contributing factor in rendering the line obsolete.

A 1927 flood significantly damaged the road, of which the line could never recover from. Abandonment was approved with no objections in 1929.

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