Cameron, MO Rail Depots
Cameron, MO was platted in 1855 by Samuel McCorkle to accomodate the new Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, which was completed in 1859. The town was named after McCorkle's wife's maiden name, Malinda Cameron.
The town attained greater significance when a 55-mile cut-off was built in 1867 from Cameron to Kansas City to connect to the first rail crossing of the Missouri River, the Hannibal Bridge. The Chicago and Southwestern Railroad (later becoming part of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company) entered the city from the north in 1871 (1869?). The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad acquired the Hannibal and St. Joseph in 1883. The line became part of the Burlington Northern in 1970 before being abandoned west of Brookfield, MO in the mid 1980s.
Two rail depot buildings remained when I visited in 2015. The Rock Island Depot later became an American Legion Hall and was of uncertain usage in 2015. The CB&Q Depot was restored in 1988 as the Depot Museum.
Rock Island Depot
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