Maysville and Lexington Railroad


Maysville and Lexington Railroad Founded March 6, 1850.


The line of road was purchased by the Kentucky Central and later by the Louisville and Nashville
Railroad. The line ran approximately 50 miles of track from Paris, KY to Maysville, KY.
Bonds were sold to finance the construction. Apparently not everyone was happy being taxed to pay the interest
on the bonds because on Jan. 27, 1852: The Court of appeals, in Jacob A. SLACK et al. v.
Maysville and Lexington Railroad company, decide the tax to pay the interest upon the county bonds
issued to pay for subscription of stock constitutional. Ben. HARDIN, Thos. F. MARSHALL, John W. MENZIES, and Harrison TAYLOR attorneys for plaintiffs, and George ROBERTSON, James HARLAN, Henry WALLER, Thos. Y. PAYNE, and Frank T. HORD for defendants.. Henry Waller, who was born in Maysville, was the main organizer of the railroad. He Traveled as far as New York City selling the bonds.

A personal note: Jacob Slack b June 5 1814 d March 27, 1895 married Nancy Downing b Jan 29, 1819 and died July 16, 1886. Nancy was the daughter of Reason and Elizabeth Ellis Downing this writer’s ggg grand parents. Jacob and Nancy are buried in a family cemetery on Slack Pike. Guess old Jacob didn’t like taxes and more than I do.

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