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', _', _ J ..... ulmmllliRlamlmlllmmlal .....  _ . .... THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, FEBRUARY 26, 2009, PAGE 2-A Ponchatoula Railroad History ers. but according to a state- ment by Bates, the outbreak of the Franco-German War (1870- 1871) "made it impossible to carry out the arrangements." In March 1871, Congress had granted Bates' railroad the same number of alternate sections of public land as it had granted the Southern Pacific Railroad in the same legislation, provid- ing the railroad "company could complete the line within five years of the passage of the act. The war in Europe was soon followed by the "Panic of 1873," a severe economic recession in the United States which lasted several years. In the end. little construction work was done on FROM PAGE 1-A the railroad line. Surveys were made and some grading of the railroad bed was done in the Baton Rouge-Clinton area, but large scale projects were never done because of the shortage of funds. Since the company was not able to complete its line within the five year Congressional time limit, the federal land which had been designated for its use remained with the government. The interest of the New Or- leans, Baton Rouge and Vicks- burg railroad were purchased by the New Orleans Pacific Railway Company in January 1881. Thomas Bates and several of the investors in the company lost large amounts of money in the failed venture. Thomas C. Bates returned to Brighton. New York. follow- ing the failure of the railroad company, and he died there in November 1887. Sometimes far away events have indirect but far-reach- Happy Anniversary February 26 : Dennis & Gretchen Perrin, Edward & Michelle Nelson, Sidney & Pat Alexander, David & Susan Os- born February 27 - Randy & Jack- ie Mitchell February 28 Manny &Lisa Thompson Jr., Mary & Timothy Hoover, Robert & Yvonne Elzy Sr., Tom & Delaine Warch, March 2 - Jimmy & Debra Achord. Milton & Inez Lavigne, March 3- Milton Jr. & Sherry Hill, Wayne & Debra NorwoQd March 4 - Melvin III & An- nette Lusk. Rick and Kim Can: non Strengthen your home against future st00-ms. Visit GetAGamePlan, org. The Pondt00tou0000 Times Established October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at' 145 West Pine Street, Suite A Post Office Box 743--Ponchatoula. LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 A Year In Tangipahoa Parish $30 A Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rate 24 Hour Telephone Line-- 985/386-2877 INTERNET EDITION http ://www.ponchatoula.corn/ptimes/ E-MAIL U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster. address correspondence and changes of address orders to : P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula. LA 70454-0743 Bryan T. 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Had French Emperor Napoleon III not blundered into the disastrous France-Prussian War, perhaps the wealthy German bankers, with whom Thomas Bates had negotiated, would have fol- lowed through and funded the railroad lines emanating from Ponchatoula. The history of Ponchatoula from 1870 to the present would have been vastly different had those additional railroad lines come to this smalt town. More rail lines would have meant more people, businesses, and accelerated growth. Machine shops, railroad repair facilities, and hotels for Northern tourists would have followed. Perhaps a small college might have been established in the flourishing community which Local scholar named to Nicholls President's List Named to the President's List at Nicholls from the John Folse Culinary Institute were Sarah Elenora Giannobile, Hammond; Louis Paul Raiford, Ponchatoula. might have been called South- eastern Louisiana College. Of course in time thehighways and the later interstate highways would parallel the railroads, an airport would be needed, and soon Ponchatoula would be a regional distribution center. The little community of Ham- mond's Crossing might have de- veloped into a qmet residential community where many of the railroad and factory workers of Ponchatoula would reside. Ponchatoula exists because of the railroad that Thomas C. Bates helped construct, but in hindsight this community de- veloped into a special place that continues to have a "hometown attraction" that might not today exist had Mr.. Bates'- dreams been fulfilled. Lori Kyle, winner of the Mother Seton Award Mrs. Lori Kyle has been a very active volunteer at St. Jo- PLEASE SEE PAGE 3-A KSLU Fund Drive 2009 March 15th - 21 st 985-549-2330 .rt Radio that, s forward...wlth your help di00ease::::m00e deduc ledonafion So 00atwe continue to serve our communi00, university and students. 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