All nine of the founding railroad companies of the Chicago stock yard. All presidents of the founding members during this time (1864)

  • 2
    Some question marks would be useful, just so we're sure what you're asking. Thanks. Jan 8 at 6:13
  • 2
    Recommend closure until this is updated to both ask a question and document preliminary research. Wikipedia seems to list most of the founding members), the text seems to be plagiarized from/by source
    – MCW
    Jan 8 at 13:32
  • Is there a rule about downvoting brand new members on their first question? I fear it may be off-putting to them, causing them to abandon the site. Has this been discussed before? What's the proper place to bring that up?
    – Jimmy G.
    Jan 9 at 3:34
  • @JimmyG. Look on History meta.
    – justCal
    Jan 9 at 3:38
  • @JimmyG. - Very good point and I'm glad you raised it - I'll try to be more aware in the future. That said, SE assumes that new users do a bit of research before they ask - check to see what other questions look like, reach the "What questions are welcome here?" section, etc. In our case we expect (a) a question, (b) preliminary research. Prior to the edit, it wasn't clear that this was a question or what OP wanted to know. All that said, SE has floated the idea of marking first questions in some way, and in this case I wish that were possible. I would have responded differently.
    – MCW
    Jan 9 at 12:10

1 Answer 1


(partial answer)

The railroads are detailed here (reformatted into more readable list form)

The plan was made possible through an agreement reached by nine railroads handling shipments of live stock to and from Chicago by which it was agreed that they would give up the yards they were then maintaining in widely separated sections of the city and that in the future such live stock business would be handled through the Union Stock Yard & Transit Co These nine railroads were as follows

  1. The Pittsburgh Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway Co
  2. the Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad Co
  3. the Michigan Central Railroad Co
  4. the Chicago & Great Eastern Railroad Co
  5. the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad Co
  6. the Chicago & North Western Railway Co
  7. the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Co
  8. the Chicago & Alton Railroad Co and
  9. the Illinois Central Railroad Co

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.