1850 Louisville & Nashville Railroad is Established.
The Louisville & Nashville Railroad was chartered
in 1850. By 1880, its service had been extended to New Orleans, thru Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile, by acquisition of
the New Orleans, Mobile and Texas Railroad. At the same time, the L&N also acquired the oldest railroad west of the Alleghenies-the
Pontchartrain Railroad, five miles long, which extended "straight as a string" on Elysian Fields Avenue, in New Orleans, from
the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, at Milneburg. This line was abandoned in 1935, after some 104 years of uninterrupted
service. For seventy-four years, the L&N linked New Orleans with the Central-South and the Mississippi Valley. ~ Source: