October 24, 1900
The project of constructing a railroad from Farmerville to Ruston is being talked on our streets. Parties familiar with the topography of the country between those two points claim that the road could be graded at a minimum expense. By crossing the D’Arbonne at the point. where Stowe creek empties into it, and then building up that creek, a comparatively level route could be had almost to Ruston. The only heavy expense would be the building of a draw bridge across the D’Arbonne, but it is believed a bridge company could be induced to put the structure for the tolls and a special tax.
All of our enterprising and public spirited citizens show a willingness to assist liberally to get this road; and a right respectable subscription list, in the way of cash donations, lands and timber, could easily be gotten up. Our people realize more forcibly than ever the necessity of a railroad. Something must be done to invigorate new life in Farmerville, or she will soon “sleep that sleep that knows no waking.” Let the proposed Farmerville & Ruston railroad be properly pushed and success will crown the efforts of its promoters.