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uniting with the main line at Bement, and (by
way of the Decatur and St. Louis Division) giv-
ing a direct Une between Chicago and St. Louis.
At this time the Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific was
operating the following additional leased lines:
Pekin, Lincoln & Decatm- (67.2 miles) ; Hannibal
& Central Missouri (70.2 miles); Lafayette, Mun-
cie & Bloomington (36. 7 miles), and the Lafayette
Bloomington & Muncie (80 miles). A connection
between Chicago on the west and Toledo and
Detroit on the east was established over the
Grand Trunk road in 1882, but, in 1890, the com-



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pany constructed a line from Montpelier, Ohio, to
Clark, Ind. (149.7 miles), thence by track lease
to Chicago (17. .5 miles), giving an independent
line between Cliicago and Detroit by what is
known to investors as the Detroit & Chicago
Division.

The total mileage of the Wabash, St. Louis &
Pacific system, in 1884, amounted to over 3,600
miles ; but, in May of that year, default having
been made in the payment of interest, the work
of disintegration began. The main line east of
the Mississippi and that on the west were sepa-
rated, the latter taking the name of the "Wabash
Western." The Eastern Division was placed in
the hands of a receiver, so remaining until May,
1889, when tlie two divisions, having been
bought in by a purchasing committee, were
consolidated under the present name. The total
earnings and income of the road in Illinois, for
the fiscal year 1898, were ยง4.402,621, and the
expenses $4,836,110. The total capital invested
(1898) was .5139,889,643, including capital stock
of S.i2,000,000 and bonds to the amount of S^l,-
534,000.

WABASH RIVER, rises in northwestern Ohio,
passes into Indiana, and runs northwest to Hun-
tington. It then flows nearly due west to Logans-
port, thence southwest to Covington, finally
turning southward to Terre Haute, a few miles
below which it strikes the western boundary of
Indiana. It forms the boundary between Illinois
and Indiana (taking into account its numerous
windings) for some 200 miles. Below Vincennes
it runs in a south-southwesterly direction, and
enters the Ohio at the southwest extremity of
Indiana, near latitude 37 49' north. Its length
is estimated at 5.57 miles.

WABASH & MISSISSIPPI RAILROAD.
(See Illhwis Ccfral Ruilroail.)

WABASH, ST. LOUS A PACIFIC RAIL-
ROAD. (See Wah



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