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

Vermont & Havana Narrow-Gauge Road
Page 454

This is a projected road, intended to connect with the narrow-gauge road at Havana, and will be built as soon as an eastern outlet is secured.

The number of miles of railroad already built in Mason County is eighty-seven, and the assessed value of the same is $317,965. The cost of building these roads was something over $1,000,000. The county debt incurred in the building of these roads is $153,500, and the value of the property in the county taxed to pay interest on this debt is $5,504,263. The township railroad debts are: Havana, $50,000; Mason City, $25,000; Pennsylvania, $10,000, and Sherman, $7,000, making the total railroad debt of the county and townships, $245,500.

The total number of miles of railroad in the State of Illinois built previous to the present year is: Of main line, 6,495; side track, 985, making a total of railroad track in the State, 7,579, the assessed value of which for 1878 (including all railroad property) was $40,641,865. The total amount of railroad indebtedness of all the counties, townships, cities and towns within the Stat on the 30th of September, 1878, was $13,782,168. The total value of the taxable property of the State at the same date was assessed at $857,235,762.

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