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Interview date: 10.03.13


John Magill is historian and curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection. John draws upon his deep reservoir of knowledge to tell the story of the history of railroads in New Orleans. John points out that in the19th century, railroads were the economic engine for the world's commerce. New Orleans had three short-run railroads and John describes each one in detail. "Our first railroad station was located at the Mississippi River and Elysian Fields", he notes.
There were plans to build a large railroad between New Orleans and Nashville, Tennessee that would run along Nashville Avenue, but the economic crash of 1837 halted those plans. Listen as John tells of a second large railroad that was planned in the 1850s between New Orleans and San Diego Bay and why that railroad was not built.


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