Source: Digital Photographs, Google Maps, Sanborn Maps, Newspapers
Hoxie was definitely a happening place in the early 1900s due to 3 railroads intersecting there. The Cairo and Fulton being the first in 1873 (shortly after becoming the Iron Mountain), then the Kansas City, Springfield & Memphis crossing the Iron Mountain in 1883 (later becoming the Frisco). The 3rd railroad, coming in 1896, was the Hoxie, Pocahontas and Northern Railway, later becoming a part of the Frisco as well, and reaching to St Louis. The first 2 lines are still in Hoxie (UP and BNSF). The 3rd is a paved walking-bike trail reaching from Hoxie through Walnut Ridge to College City.
As part of this huge economic boom in Hoxie, the Iron Mountain railroad built a roundhouse there in 1901, a huge semicircular structure used for servicing locomotives. A turntable directed the trains into each stall of the roundhouse. Unfortunately, by 1928, it was gone.
Pictures of Ruins
The featured picture at the top of this page and the following pictures are some that James Whitlow and I took last winter of the remains of the railroad roundhouse at Hoxie. Click on the thumbnails to view larger.
Location of Roundhouse
Why was the Roundhouse Abandoned?
In July 1922, Hoxie Missouri Pacific railroad workers joined a nationwide strike. From what I have researched, in possible retaliation to this, the Missouri Pacific abandoned the passenger and freight terminal in Hoxie in July of 1922, making Poplar Bluff the intermediate terminal between Little Rock and St Louis. The strike was over by August, but the jobs never fully returned to Hoxie. By 1927, as part of Missouri Pacific Railroad President L.W. Baldwin’s modernization program, the roundhouse and freight terminals were permanently moved to Poplar Bluff.