Paris to Dardanelle

The Fort Smith, Subiaco and Rock Island Railroad

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(Forwarded from the Paris–Subiaco Traction Company)

This railway line started out as the Paris–Subiaco Traction Company in 1908, renamed to the Fort Smith, Subiaco and Eastern Railroad in 1909, and finally the Fort Smith, Subiaco and Rock Island Railroad by 1919. It stretched roughly 40 miles along a circuitous route between Paris and Dardanelle, via Subiaco and Scranton.

The eastern half of the line between Scranton and Dardanelle was abandoned by 1945, with the rest of the line closing down in 1962.

I have a crate of box car seals, waybills, train order forms, and other memorabilia as related to this railroad, which I purchased at an auction here in Oklahoma City back in 1971 at Warner Oil company.

Steve Davis
Oklahoma City, OK
2/22/2015

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I have found "trip pass" cards for my father, Lazare Baker that state he was Secretary of this RR. Is there any way to find out who was the President, etc. in 1931, 32? His grand father was Sam Lazarus who owned the Quanah, Acme and Pacific RR in TX.

Linda Nash
Hendersonville, NC
12/28/2016

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Because I am a local historian in Paris Arkansas and I would be very interested in the crate of memorabilia from the Fort Smith, Subiaco an Rock Island Railroad

Laurence Connelley
Paris, Arkansas, AR
3/14/2017

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In response to the question of who was president of the FSS&RI in the early 1930s, the president was I.H. Nakdimen of Fort Smith. Lazare Baker was indeed secretary of the railroad at this time.

Bill Pollard
Conway, AR
3/22/2017

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Thank you for the info. on the FSSRI. Would you have any further dates past 1932 that tell you if Lazare Baker was still Secretary?

Linda Nash
Hendersonville, NC
3/23/2017

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Lazare Baker was still secretary as late as the June 1935 issue of the Official Guide of the Railways. Soon after that, the Subiaco went with a much smaller listing in the Guide and did not show any officers other than the General Manager. In the Pocket List of RR Officials, the 2nd Quarter 1939 listing for the Subiaco lists a L. Baker as secretary, but now at St. Louis rather than Fort Smith. This might or might not be the same person.

Bill Pollard
Conway, AR
3/24/2017

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Thanks for the info. Yes, L. Baker is my father and he was in St. Louis. Every bit of info. helps put the picture together. Much appreciated.

Linda Nash
Hendersonville, NC
3/25/2017

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L. Baker continues to be shown as the secretary of FSS&RI in 1942 and 1944 Pocket List of Railroad Officials. Those are the only other years I have before the railroad ceased operation in the late 1940s. Do you know how your father's relationship with the railroad worked with his move from Fort Smith to St. Louis? Was another corporation the actual owner of FSS&RI at that time? Several people are trying to put together a history of the "Subiaco" - any info or digital images that you might have on the railroad would be helpful.

Bill Pollard
Conway, AR
3/25/2017

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To help your research on the Fort Smith, Subiaco & Rock Island RR, I just posted a recently acquired photo of the Fort Smith, Subiaco & Rock Island 4-6-0 #2522 on RR Picture Archives. The link to the page is (http://mononman.rrpicturearchives.net/archivethumbs.aspx?id=123295). Hope this helps.

Gary Everhart
Schererville, IN
7/12/2017

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