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St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Locale Missouri and Arkansas, United States
Dates of operation –1917
Successor Missouri Pacific Railroad
Track gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)

The St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway was a historic railroad that operated in Missouri during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

It ran from St. Louis, Missouri, to Texarkana, Arkansas, as well as to southeast Missouri. The line was initially established to deliver iron ore from Iron Mountain, Missouri to St. Louis. The company was frequently referred to as the St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern (StLIM&S) or shortened to simply the Iron Mountain Railway.

The railroad was robbed twice, once by the James-Younger Gang on January 31, 1874, at Gad's Hill, Missouri, and once by the Dalton Gang on November 3, 1893, at Olyphant, Arkansas.

In 1883 the StLIM&S was acquired by Jay Gould, becoming part of a 9,547 miles (15,364 km) system. In 1917 it was formally merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which in turn was merged into the Union Pacific Railroad in 1992.


The railroad is famous for giving its name to the Iron Mountain Baby, and the railroad is reported to have paid for the child's education.

Heritage railroad

The name has been resurrected by a modern short line railroad based in Jackson, Missouri. The St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway operates a heritage railroad.

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