Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway
The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway organized on May 29, 1869. The railroad's main line linked Buffalo, New York, with Chicago. The railroad played a vital role in transporting not only passengers, but also the materials that fed the nations burgeoning industries. Between 1873 and 1898, the L.S. & M.S. handled over 6 millions tons of coal and 15 million tons of iron ore. The railway merged with the New York Central in 1914.