Libourn to Bird's Point

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I'm guessing there was a car ferry at the end of this line? And the same goes for the Sikeston to Bird's Point line, right?

Mitch
St. Louis, MO
6/17/2013

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Great Article on Bird's Point, including the railroads there, the purpose it served, and the date of abandonment:

http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/pavementends/entry/41258/

Mitch
St. Louis, MO
6/24/2013

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Mitch, that would be correct. Bird's Point was a ferry landing that crossed the river to Cairo to connect with the IC and other eastern railroads. Not sure on the year, but the ferry landing was moved to IllMo Missouri (Scott City) and eventually the Illinois & Missouri Bridge Company was created to build the Thebes bridge. That move pretty much let the railroads bypass Cairo, that combined with interstate 57 allowing cars to bypass Cairo as well, is at least a contributing factor to its current state.

Clay Guthrie
East prairie, MO
12/12/2014

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