Bullitt County History

Shepherdsville and Louisville Plank Road Company Merger

In 1851 the Kentucky General Assembly passed an act to merge the Shepherdsville and Louisville Plank Road Company with the Sulphur Well Turnpike Road Company. A transcription of the Act is given below. If you can share any additional information about this merger and/or the roads involved, please use our "Contact Us" link at the top of this page and write to us.


CHAPTER 509.

AN ACT to unite into one the Louisville and Sulphur Well Turnpike Road Company, and Louisville and Shepherdsville Plank Road Company.

§ 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That it shall be lawful for the Louisville and Sulphur Well turnpike road company, established under and by virtue of the act, entitled, "an act to authorize the construction of plank, stone, and gravel turnpike roads in this commonwealth," approved March 7, 1850, to unite both companies and roads under the charter of the said Louisville and Sulphur Well turnpike road company; and after the union, the stockholders in the Louisville and Shepherdsville plank road company shall succeed to all the rights, benefits, and privileges of the stockholders in the Louisville and Sulphur Well turnpike road company, in as full and ample a manner as if they had originally subscribed for and taken stock in said company; and this last named company shall be under all the obligations and requirements imposed by the charter of the said Louisville and Shepherdsville plank road company, and have all its rights, benefits and privileges, and particularly the right to set up a toll gate, and collect tolls thereat, on the brunch of said road next to the city of Louisville and coming in on Preston street; and, also, shall have the power, right, and privilege to change the location of said road southwest of Montgomery's Spring, in Jefferson county, so as to make a proper connection with any turnpike or plank road leading from Shepherdsville, in Bullitt county, to their said road at the Bullit county line; and in order to promote the construction of a continuous turnpike or plank road from Shepherdsville to their said road, said company shall have the right to subscribe stock in any turnpike or plank road company from Shepherdsville, to connect with their said road, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon, and also to borrow money for either of said purposes.

§ 2. That after the union of said two companies, as herein provided, the stockholders of both companies shall, at the first annual election of president and managers thereafter, and so in each and every year thereafter, elect a president and six managers, as provided in the charter of the said Louisville and Sulphur Well turnpike road company, for the management of their affairs.

§3. That this act shall not take effect so as to unite said Louisville and Sulphur Well turnpike road company, and the Louisville and Shepherdsville plank road company, until its provisions shall have been accepted, in writing, by the officers of said corporation authorized to bind the same by contract.

Approved March 20, 1851.


From Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky: Passed at November Session, 1850, Volume II, pages 454-5


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