Sunday, July 23, 2017

July Meeting-- John Hamilton and the Oil Belt Railroad

THE OIL BELT RAILROAD 
WILL BE TOPIC AT MEETING
OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY 
HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 
            The Lawrence County Historical Society will hold its monthly program meeting at the History Center in Lawrenceville, on Monday, July 24, at 7:00 p.m.  The guest speaker will be John R. Hamilton, who will present a program on the Oil Belt Railroad.  Hamilton is the author of the latest LCHS publication, "The Oil Belt Railroad:  A Little Railroad Saga."  Hamilton tells the history of this ill-fated railroad company, which began in Oblong in 1909 and reached Bridgeport in 1913. 

            A native of Lawrence County, Hamilton graduated from Bridgeport Township High School in 1950, and earned his journalism degree from the University of Illinois.  For twenty-five years, he worked in the publicity office at the University of Michigan.  Besides his love of trains and local history, Hamilton is an avid amateur photographer.

            Copies of Hamilton's book will be available for purchase at the meeting, which is free and open to the public.