Railroad contracts, receipt, and letter
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Railroad contracts, receipt, and letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Sherman, David.
Title: Railroad contracts, receipt, and letter
Dates: circa 1892-1893
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0925

Biographical/Historical Note

A specific railroad company is never mentioned in this collection, but it is likely that the documents originated with the Atlanta Consolidated Street Railway Company which was formed from the 1891 merger of the Atlanta Street Railway Company, the Gate City Street Railroad Company, the Fulton County Street Railroad Company, the West End & Atlanta Street Railroad Company, and Atlanta & Edgewood Street Railroad Company. The state of Georgia first issued a charter for the construction of these urban rail systems in 1866. The first types of cars ran on cast iron rail lines and were pulled by mules and horses. The streetcar system allowed individuals from outlying areas to commute into the city. In 1902, all street railways in Atlanta were consolidated into Georgia Railway and Power Company.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes a contract between H.L. Harralson, P.H. Harralson, D.C. Bacon, Martin F. Amorous, Burton Smith, P.B. Lawrence, W.S. Turner, B.L. McIntosh, and Lavender R. Ray, to run the railway line through Ray's property, as well as a draft of a contract between J.R. Lewis, Josiah Sherman, J.H. Hilman, John B. Harris, and P.B. Lawrence, in which Lewis agrees to pay the other gentlemen fifty cents per foot for their land, with payment due at the completion of the line. The third item is an unsigned, undated receipt, with no amount, to Lewis, Sherman, Hilman, and Harris. The fourth item is a letter announcing the contract to build an electric route from Atlanta to Silver Lake. It asks all landowners along the proposed route to a meeting at the law offices of Smith and Pendleton on December 2, 1893.

Index Terms

Amorous, Martin F.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Atlanta Consolidated Street Railway Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Bacon, D. C.
Black, E. P.
Electric railroads.
Gray, J. R.
Harralson, H. L.
Harralson, P. H.
Harris, John B.
Hilman, J. H.
Lawrence, P. B.
Letters (correspondence)
Local transit.
McIntosh, B. L.
Peachtree Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Peel, W. L.
Ray, Lavender R.
Receipts (financial records)
Sherman, Josiah.
Smith and Penleton law offices (Atlanta, Ga.)
Smith, Burton.
Thorton, E. H.
Turner, W. S.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Railroad contracts, receipt, and letter, MS 925, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David Sherman, 1976.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Agreement between H.L. Harralson et al and Lavender R. Ray
Whereby Ray agrees to pay H.L. Harralson et al $350 to run the line of the electric street railway through his property.
Item 2: Draft of an agreement between J.R. Lewis, Josiah Sherman, J.H. Hilman, John B. Harris, and P.B. Lawrence
Lewis agreeing to pay the other gentleman a sum equal to fifty cents per foot for their land, with payment due at the completion of the line.
Item 3: Receipt to J.R. Lewis, Josiah Sherman, J.H. Hilman, and John B. Harris, undated
unsigned, no amount.
Item 4: E.H. Thorton, J.R. Gray, W.L. Peel, E.P. Black, Burton Smith to "Dear Sir", Atlanta, Georgia, 1893 November 29 ( 1.0 p. )
Announces their contract to build an electric street railroad from the artesian well on Peachtree Street to Silver Lake, by way of Buckhead.