Bee Creek to North Lexington

The St. Joseph District

The abandoned railroad route between Bee Creek and North Lexington, known as The St. Joseph District, of which 68.36 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Missouri by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and the Saint Louis & Saint Joseph Railroad.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILWAY
Docket Number: 10048 Date: 6/19/1933 Section: 1
Application of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway for certificate to abandon a line from Henrietta to North Lexington, Ray County, Missouri, a distance of 3.11 miles.
Length: 3.11 miles Citation: 193 ICC 335  
ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILWAY
Docket Number: AB-52 Sub 4 Date: 9/20/1974 Section: 1(18)
Application for authority to abandon a line of railroad between Richmond, Ray County, MP.l5/3168' northwesterly to MP 65/1341' near B.C. Junction, Buchanan County, Mo., a distance of 59.65 mi.
Length: 59.65 miles Citation:  
ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILWAY
Docket Number: AB 52 Sub 24 Date: 9/1/1983 Section: 10903
Application filed to abandon its St. Joseph District between Henrietta and Richmond, a distance of 5.6 miles, all in Ray County, Missouri.
Length: 5.6 miles Citation:  

"The St. Louis & St. Joseph Railroad was completed in 1870, a distance of seventy-three miles, to Lexington Junction, when it went into bankruptcy. It afterward became a branch of the Wabash." Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: The Railroads of St. Joseph

The line resumed south of the Missouri River in Lexington and ran down through Aullville to Sedalia. The bridge that carried the railroad over Interstate 70 was removed maybe 20-25 years ago, but the grade is clearly visible from the highway.

Richard Gilpin
St. Louis, MO
10/22/2010

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