|1850 RR Map from "Adrian and the LS&MS"|
After the Civil War, investors understood that railroads were better than canals and riverboats for moving people and merchandise freight so the charters focused on east/west routes to replace water navigation and to connect with the transcontinental railroad. In the case of the LS&MS it meant building a route across northwest Ohio and Indiana that shaved 30 miles off the route for through traffic. This new route became the backbone of the New York Central, and it is now a major artery for Norfolk Southern and Amtrak. So the LS&MS really did start out as "Michigan Southern" when it was focused on Lake Erie transportation, but it soon became the route we are familiar with today when it replaced Lake Erie transportation with railroad transportation.
|1881 LS&MS Map from "Adrian and the LS&MS"|