Chickasha to Lindsay, OK

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West out of Lindsay you can see the ridge where the track once was. The tracks ran north of SH 19 through the communities of Bradley and Alex. From Alex SH 19 and the tracks part company. The tracks headed for downtown Chickasha and the road goes to the south side of town. At the old Washita River crossing just west of Lindsay you can see a couple trestle stumps.

Joe Thompson
LINDSAY, OK
6/20/2011

in 1971 i hired out on the rock island as a brakeman. at chickasha on the south end of the passing track there was about 150 to 200 feet of track.i was told by ray(moon) mullins that that was where the lindsay branch left town. moon was very knowledgable on the history of the rock island .the chickasha switch engine used the short spur that at one time went to lindsay for spotting car loads of lumber

d.dollar
okla
12/26/2013

The RR from Pauls Valley to Chickasha was originally the Kiowa, Chickasha, and Ft. Smith RR. It was absorbed by the Santa Fe RR and abandoned in 1942. There was also a Rr coming in from the East, Oklahoma Central RR that went from Lehigh to Chickasha. It also was absorbed by Santa Fe and abandoned in 1942.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_Central_Railroad_(1914%E2%80%9342)

http://luna.library.okstate.edu:8180/luna/servlet/detail/OSULibraryOCM~7~7~11886~100905:Indian-Territory-showing-railroad-s

Elvin Ferrell
Chickasha, OK
3/21/2014

I located a 1911 map that shows that the Rock Island operated on the KC&FS to Lindsay and the ATSF from Pauls Valley to Lindsey.

http://www.raremaps.com/gallery/enlarge/21076

Elvin Ferrell
Chickasha, OK
3/21/2014

I GREW UP IN CHICKASHA IN THE 1950S AND ONCE WALKED THIS LINE WHERE IT VEERED OFF EAST APPROX A MILE SOUTH OF THE IDAHO STREET CROSSING. THE RAIL WAS STILL ON THE GROUND AND COVERED BY WEEDS BUT YOU COULD STILL FOLLOW IT.

DEAN SCHIRF
CHICKASHA, OK
6/14/2016

Local history here says the two lines (fr Pauls Valley and fr Chickasha) were indeed two different roads. Mr. Lindsay (John, I believe) donated the land for the station and for the two lines to join.

Joe Thompson
Lindsay, OK
2/1/2017

The AT&SF Lindsay branch from Pauls Valley began operations on July 1, 1902. The 24 mile branch interchanged at Lindsay with a Rock Island Railroad branch from Chickasha. An unusual feature of the interchange was the use of the same main track and interchange track by both railroads. Local farmer Lewis Lindsay donated part of a corn patch for the depot, which was the first building in the new town of Lindsay. The Santa Fe ran a daily Motor Car (Doodlebug) Train 317/318, and Mixed Trains (freight with a passenger car serving riders and as a caboose) 301 to Lindsay on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and Mixed Train 302 to Pauls Valley on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Like many Oklahoma railroads there was no service on Sundays.The Rock Island line was abandoned in the 1930s and the Santa Fe was abandoned in 1985.

Brandon Fentem
Lindsay, OK
8/24/2019