The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Co. Specimen bond, 1890, ABNCo
1890 Specimen bond – train passes telegraph poles l-r, 1st mortgage on Cairo Vincennes & Chicago Railway Co, vertical format, bearer gold coupon, 4%, 49-yr, 1890, due 1939, printed by American Bank Note Co. Beautiful vignettes, crisp condition.
The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway, also known as the Big Four Railroad and commonly abbreviated CCC&StL, was a railroad company in the Midwestern United States. It operated in affiliation with the New York Central system.
Its primary routes were in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. At the end of 1925 it reported 2,391 route-miles and 4,608 track-miles; that year it carried 8180 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 488 million passenger-miles.
The railroad was formed on June 30, 1889, by the merger of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway, the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago Railway and the Indianapolis and St. Louis Railway. The following year, the company gained control of the former Indiana, Bloomington and Western Railway (through the foreclosed Ohio, Indiana and Western Railway and through an operating agreement with the Peoria and Eastern Railway).