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Near St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

#9

“Charles H.” - Lake Street Elevated

 

1893

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
1. #9 Marker
Inscription.  The Rhode Island Locomotive Works built this 0-4-4T Forney-type locomotive (named for its designer, Matthias N. Forney) for use on a Chicago elevated line. The "T" indicates it is a tank locomotive, without a separate tender. Hundreds of Forney locomotives powered elevated trains in New York, Brooklyn, and Chicago from 1878-1903. It could run equally well forward or backward, which was important as there was no way to turn it around, hauling trains up to four cars long. It is 24' long, has 44" driving wheels, 180 pounds boiler pressure, and weighed 60,000 pounds in working order. Its tank held 700 gallons of water and it carried one ton of hard (anthracite) coal, which was used because it made less smoke. It is named for Charles H. Deere, son of John Deere, second president of Deere and Company, and a director of the lake street line. Replaced by electric power in 1896, it went to upper Michigan lumber and chemical companies. On the Sucker River Ry, a lumber line near Newberry, Mi, it was named "Big Alice." in 1944, it went to a Texas iron and chemical firm, and in 1955 to Mexico. Donated in 1957 by the Mexican firm La Condolidada, S.A., it was
#9 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
2. #9 Marker
cosmetically restored as close to possible to its original appearance in 1995-1996.
 
Erected 2013 by Museum of Transportation.
 
Location. 38° 34.332′ N, 90° 27.627′ W. Marker is near St. Louis, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Barrett Station Road east of Old Dougherty Ferry Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3015 Barrett Station Road, Saint Louis MO 63122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. #750 (here, next to this marker); The Pacific Railroad Controversy (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Destruction (a few steps from this marker); #2804 (a few steps from this marker); Riot in the Tunnels (a few steps from this marker); The Gasconade Bridge Disaster (a few steps from this marker); Ground-breaking! (a few steps from this marker); The Pacific Railroad of Missouri: Audacious Dreams & Harsh Realities (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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