“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Lost Railroad Stations

Lost Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 12, 2018
1. Lost Railroads Marker
At least four railroad stations were located in Lake Charles, all of which have been lost. On Railroad Avenue at Bilbo were passenger and freight stations (circa 1880) for Louisiana Western Railroad, later Southern Pacific which ran to points east and west, and the Lake Charles and Northern Railroad which ran north to DeRidder, La. The passenger station was lost to fire in 1984 and the freight station demolished shortly thereafter. The salvaged metal brackets can be seen in the Amtrak Station on Railroad Avenue at Ryan Street.

Kansas City Southern's passenger terminal built in 1925 was located at the corner of Ryan Street and Pryce (originally Lawrence) Street. Kansas City Southern connected north to the main line at DeQuincy, La. The terminal was demolished in 1989. The 1925 station replaced an earlier Union Station (circa 1894) located at Pryce and Front Street.

This was the site of the Iron Mountain – Missouri Pacific Terminal, circa 1892. The rail line for this station curved south on Common Street and east and north to connect to Alexandria and points north. The terminal was demolished in the late 1960's.
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April 12, 2018
2. Lost Railroads Marker
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Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 30° 13.414′ N, 93° 13.072′ W. Marker is in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in Calcasieu Parish. Marker is on Clarence Street east of Ryan Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Charles LA 70601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lake Charles High School Kilties (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Charles Academy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Majestic Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Arcade Theatre and Miller Building, the Paramount and the Weber Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Captain Daniel Johannes Goos (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lake Charles 9/11 Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Christian Science (approx. 0.4 miles away); Louisiana Baptist Orphanage (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Charles.
Also see . . .  Lost Landmarks of Lake Charles. (Submitted on April 13, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 13, 2018.

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