Guide to Railroads and Railways in Missouri

Resources for Railroads and Railways in Missouri Research

The State Historical Society of Missouri’s manuscript collections include numerous materials related to railroads. As railroads moved into Missouri in the 1850s, they gradually began to replace the steamboat as the main means of transporting goods and people. The Society’s collections document this transition and the growth of the railroad industry in the state through business records, timetables, maps, photographs, reports, and pamphlets. Some examples include the Henry R. Marnett Railroad Collection, photographic materials depicting trains and railroads across Missouri; the Thomas M. Binger Collection, timetables, publications, and newsletters of Missouri railroad enthusiast organizations; and the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company Records, corporate minutes and financial account books of the company.