Raymond in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The Little J Railroad
The concrete highway, ca. 1927, is generally the same route used by the Union army marching toward Raymond in May 1863. The bridge and highway, however, are more elevated and possibly a few feet to the west of the earlier roadway.
Another portion of the trail is the abandoned roadbed of the “Little J” railroad. Completed in 1882 between Natchez and Jackson, the Natchez, Jackson and Columbus Railroad invigorated small towns and created new ones along its route. As was typical of successful railroads of the day, it was purchased in 1890 by a larger railroad company, the Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railroad, which was purchased in 1892 by the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad, a subsidiary of the Illinois Central Railroad. It was always known locally, however, as the “Little J” because it was the only narrow-gauge (“little”) railroad that entered Jackson (“J”) when it was built.
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A scene at the railroad station in Natchez in the early twentieth century.
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As railroad construction increased, some routes or sections of routes were abandoned and others merged. This dramatic railroad cut through
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William T. Martin of Natchez, a former Confederate General, spearheaded the movement to building the Natchez, Jackson and Columbus Railroad.
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This locomotive, now in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, is the only survivor of the first railroad built to connect the river port at Natchez with the interior of the state. Known as the Natchez & Hamburg Railroad, it operated from 1837 to 1844.
Location. 32° 14.668′ N, 90° 26.61′ W. Marker is in Raymond, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker can be reached from Port Gibson Street 0.1 miles north of Mississippi Highway 18, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Raymond Military Park on an exhibit kiosk at the beginning of the walking trail; the above directions are to the parking area for the park. Marker is in this post office area: Raymond MS 39154, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Vicksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Raymond as a Pivotal Point in the Vicksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Battle of Raymond - This Walking Trail C.S. Gregg's Task Force (within shouting distance of this marker); The Campaign Turns East (within shouting distance of this marker); Gregg's Battle Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); To Clinton and Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named C.S. Gregg's Task Force (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raymond.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 4, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.