North Carolina - Commission Reports on Railroads

In 1891, the North Carolina State Legislature created the Railroad Commission to provide oversight of all railroads, sleeping car manufacturers, and telegraph companies. In 1898, the Railroad Commission began reporting on Street Railways.

In 1899, the Railroad Commission was abandoned in favor of a broader group, now known as the Corporation Commission, that added oversight of refrigerated freight car manufacturers, canals, steamboats, banks, building and loans, telephone companies, and later municipal water works, electric light and gas companies, and turnpike companies, in addition to railroads and telegraph companies. Starting in 1909, this report included lists of the cotton mills and other miscellaneous corporations in North Carolina.

Both commissions were required to provide annual reports to the governor and legislature. In 1917, the Corporation Commission was directed to produce their reports bi-annually.

Each report identifies all known railroads, the names of the officers and directors, the branches with distances, and tables with costs and expenditures each year provided in various breakdowns. A tremendous amount of information is contained in each report.

Railroad Commission Annual Reports

1891

1892

1893

1894

1895
 

1896

1897

1898
 

Corporation Commission Reports

1899

1900

1901

1902

1903

1904

1905

1906

1907

1908

1909

1910

1911

1912

1913

1914

1915

1916

1917-18

1919-20

1921-22

1923-24

1925-26

1927-28

1929-30
 

1931-32
 

1933-34
 


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