Where it ran - III
[Another biggie - Pop. 3194 and 134 listings. The Maynard Coal Co. topped the list, with more than $1 million in worth.] Middleport was the middle port between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. It was actually closer to Cinci due to the boats fighting the river current, but time wise, it was equidistant. The city is hardly a boom town, but does feature a respectable residential area but major stores are lacking. Folks perhaps shop across the river in West Virginia?
Aerial view of Middleport. Pomeroy, and the bridge to West Virginia, is off the top of the picture. Hobson and the rail yard would be off to the bottom left.
This 2009 view duplicates the two pictures at the right. If you look in the distance you can see the new Pomeroy-Mason Bridge.
This is also looking upstream. The car line would have been in the center of the street and would have made a quick left then a right at the top of the picture, or the T mentioned in the older photos.
|Three pictures of Middleport, taken probably around 1910 or so. The top photos were taken from a balcony at the top of the T in the roadway at the north end of town, not too far away from the C&O railroad station. The building and balcony are still there; the railroad freight station has been preserved as part of a small park. In picture to the left, there was a passing siding in this block of buildings.|
|This is the former trolley freight station between Middleport and Pomeroy. There was trackage on the far side of the building, but I'm thinking it belonged to the railroad rather than the car line. And the fire maps don't lend much information as to the origin and use of this building. Recently this was a craft shop, now it's owned by the adjacent Dairy Queen.|
Somewhat of a puzzlement. There is a section of Middleport that is referred to as Gravel Hill, and the car line did run through it. There also is a Gravel Hill Cemetery about 5 miles south in Gallia County, although I'm unable to find a reference to an actual town there. Local wisdom indicates the car line did not cross the railroad, nor venture out of Meigs County.
The supposed end of the line where the car line met the steam railroad. There's nothing there now except for a grade crossing. The actual railroad "yard" is about a half mile removed from the location of the former passenger station -- and the car line.