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This railroad stock certificate, from the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad was issued in 1853. Railroad Stock Certificate Chartered in 1852, the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad (NOO&GW) sought investors immediately. The railroad planned to connect New Orleans with Houston, Texas, and points in between. The company built a station in Algiers, Louisiana. They expanded westward from there. By 1857, the railroad reached Morgan City, Louisiana. Construction stopped there for more than twenty years. The company was unable to continue west because of the Southern Rebellion. Texas Gauge NOO&GW used "Texas Gauge" in constructing the initial...
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