Bracht depot Bracht depot
Bracht depot. Technically, it's in Kenton County, but it seems to belong here too.


Crittenden Depot Crittenden Depot Crittenden Depot rittenden Depot
Crittenden Depot, June 5, 1915 Crittenden Depot


Sherman Depot

Sherman, 1911


“The depot at Sherman has closed, and the business of the company
abandoned.  All freight shipped to this point is at the risk of the owner.”
from the Williamstown Courier, December 1, 1892


Dry Ridge Depot Dry Ridge Depot Dry Ridge Depot Dry Ridge Depot
Dry Ridge Depot, 1911 and 1914


Grant County, Kentucky Depot Grant County, Kentucky Depot
Dry Ridge Depot, 1920

Southern Railroad Depot,


Williamstown Depot Williamstown Depot Williamstown Depot Williamstown Depot
Williamstown Depot


Williamstown Coaling Williamstown Coaling Williamstown Coaling
Coaling facility at the Williamstown depot.
Dennis Stanley on Facebook says: “This was where they loaded coal into the locomotive tenders. It is directly across from the Webb house (Old Kentucky Barn). One set of tracks went up the hill (on the left of photo) and unloaded coal, then men used wooden wheelbarrows to push across platform and dump in locomotive tender on right and 10-12 feet lower. Also had two large water towers to fill locos from the railroad lake. This was the only refueling location between Ludlow and Lexington.”


Pump House Pump House Pump House
Pump House at the Williamstown depot. Note Lake Obispo in the background.

Evening Star (Washington DC), October 17, 1876

Mason Depot Mason Depot Mason Depot
Mason Depot, June 21, 1915


Blanchet Depot Blanchet Depot

Blanchett Depot, September 6, 1911

Water for Blanchett Depot?



Fatal train wreck at Blanchett, 1895


Corinth Depot Corinth, Kentucky Corinth Depot
1911 1909 1915






“A riot occurred between white and negro laborers on the Southern Railroad in Grant County, Kentucky, yesterday. Reports state that two negroes were killed and eight wounded. None of the whites were injured.” Daily Alta California, June 17, 1875 More about this incident here and here.

Williamstown Sentinel says: The track layers have reached a point a half mile south of Roberts' store. A few more days and the locomotive will echo its shrill notes within the limits of Williamstown.”Courier-Journal, July 29, 1876
“Williamstown, Grant county, has heard the whistle of a locomotive on the C. S. road [Cincinnati Southern Railroad], and is happy.”Courier-Journal, August 28, 1876
“The scream of the locomotive whistle has waked Williamstown from her Rip Van Winkle sleep, and the Sentinel says trade is now brisk.”Courier-Journal, September 9, 1876
“Williamstown, Grant County, established telegraphic communication with the outside world Thursday” Courier-Journal, September 16, 1876


Grant County, Kentucky Depot Grant County, Kentucky Depot Grant County, Kentucky Depot Grant County, Kentucky Depot
Sherman Blanchett Crittenden Williamstown
The Williamstown Courier in 1901 ran a special historical  edition which contained the above four depot images.


The City of Cincinnati built the railroad in Grant County. After the Civil War, Cincinnati merchants wanted urgently to be able to sell goods in the south, but could not match prices from Louisville merchants. Louisville simply had to put things on the L&N, and ship. Cincinnati merchants had to load cargo on a steamer, ship it to Louisville, unload it, and then load it on the L&N. Transportation costs gave Louisville a price break in the South. Long story short: Cincinnati built a railroad; the CNO&TP, a.k.a., The Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Texas Pacific, a.k.a., The Southern. Ohio law said the city couldn't buy stock in a railroad, but it didn't say they couldn't build one. The political battle in Kentucky was fierce. The Courier-Journal didn't exactly feel sorry for Cincinnati. They editorialized “Grass will certainly not grow in the streets of Cincinnati in our day. The merchants of Cincinnati, the railroad men of Cincinnati, are a thoroughly live and ingenious set of Yankee plotters, who propose to swarm upon the Southern country like ducks upon June bugs.” Counties not served by the L&N in Kentucky felt differently, so the Kentucky authorities eventually relented, and various lengths of the railroad, offering a variety of passenger and freight services opened from 1887 to 1880. Originally the C. N. O & T. P. (the Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Texas Pacific), it eventually became the Southern Railway. In 1881, Cincinnati leased it's holdings to an English corporation controlled by German-born Parisian banker Frédéric Émile d'Erlanger (Wikipedia). The city of Erlanger is named for him. d'Erlanger's CNO&TP holdings eventually end up, in 1894, joining a number of railroads under the name Southern Railway. The City of Cincinnati still owns a 99-year lease on its portion of the Southern (now Norfolk Southern). Look for it to be in the news in December, 2026, when it expires on the 31st of that month.


Depot Sign Station Ludlow Chattanooga
Walton 17.6 317.4
Bracht 21.0 314.0
Crittenden 24.5 310.6
Sherman 27.6 307.5
Dry Ridge 31.6 303.5
Most of the Grant County depots had a sign, like the enlargement shown here, showing the mileage between Ludlow - the start of the CNO&TP, and it's end point, Chattanooga. The chart here summarizes the numbers on the signs. Williamstown 35.1 299.9
Mason 39.5 295.5
Blanchet 43.7 291.4
Corinth 45.7 289.4


Williamstown Williamstown
  WS Tower, Williamstown WS Tower, Williamstown
  These are interlocking towers on the Southern Railway. What's an interlocking tower? Wikipedia knows. WS is just the code name the railroad gave this particular tower.

Active Resistance
The Star (Cincinnati), July 6, 1875



Williamstown, it says.


Southern Railway Bridge Southern Railway Bridge Southern Railway Scene Southern Railway Scene Southern Railway Scene
26.1 27.8 36.6 37.8 38.2
We find these somewhat mysterious. The two bridges are supposed to be at mile markers 26.1 and 27.8, but that puts them just north of (26.1) and in (27.8) Sherman. We see no such bridges there now, nor do we see anything that needs to be bridged. Same thing on the three right of way scenes. The numbers put them between Williamstown and Mason, but either we're wrong, or the images are just too generic for anyone to be certain. For what they're worth, here they are. Keep in mind these are 100 years old. The railroad right-of-way folks, and the highway department, have changed things since since these were taken.

grant line