Michigan Southern Railroad
Circular Statement of the Condition and Prospects of the Michigan Southern Rail-road
Van Norden & Amerman
This is a study of a moribund railroad. The Michigan Southern was chartered in 1830 and never was able to properly get started. After being dormant for years, outside investors saw the line and its valuable charter as a way to help build a continuous railroad between New York and Chicago. Buying up paper railroads like the Michigan Southern would become a common tactic of railroad tycoons as they built longer railroads across the country.