1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties
Published by: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
186 Dearborn Street

Mason County

Havana, Rantoul & Eastern Narrow-Gauge Railroad
Page 453

This line of narrow gauge road was projected in the year 1873. It has been built and is now in successful operation from the east line of the State to Leroy, in McLean County, a distance of sixty miles. A company has recently been organized in Mason County to build the road from Havana to San Jose, on the east line of the county, and the greater part of the stock has been taken in order to secure this section of the road. Francis Low is President of the Company; W. H. Campbell, Vice President; E. A. Wallace, Secretary, and Bentley Buxton, Treasurer.

This road is a part of a narrow-gauge line designed to extend east to Toledo, Ohio, and west through Iowa. So far as built, it has proved very popular and has made money for the stockholders. It is three-feet gauge.

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