|The State of Alabama
| This agreement made by and
between E. T. Ligon of the first part and the Shelby Iron Company of
the second part, witnesseth. The party of the first part undertakes
and agrees to construct a rail road for the party of the second part
from their iron works in Shelby County to Columbiana that is to say,
to the Alabama & Tennessee river rail road at Columbiana, over the
route surveyed and marked out in map and profile made by Geo.
Wadsworth Engineer, and in accordance with said profile and map, and
accompanying plans and specifications -- the work all to be done in a
good and proper and substantial manner, and to be completed by the
fifteenth day of November next (1863). The party of the first part is
to lay the track, and furnish cross ties therefor, if iron rails be
used. The ties to be as good durable and well hewed as heart pine, or
Post or White Oak, of Dimensions suitable for a good and durable and
effective rail road; the party of the first part having the privilege
of getting timber for cross ties and other purposes on any land of the
party of the second part free of charge for the timber taken.
| In case the party of the
second part shall decide to construct the road of wood without iron
bars or rails, the party of the second part Shall furnish the lo??
pieces necessary in constructing the road, free of charge for the
former, the party of the first part agreeing to furnish all cross ties
required -- which are to be laid as closely as may be required for a
first class rail road so as to make the road as firm and solid as
practicable. The party of the first part agrees to finish all cuts and
cutbankments in a proper and workman like manner, and to construct in
the same manner all ditches required for the proper draining of the
road bed and track: In case the parties of the second part shall
decide to use iron bars as rails, and put the iron on stringers or ???
pieces, they are to furnish the ??? pieces. The top of the embankment
and track is to be eleven feet in width, and all slopes of embankments
and cuts to be such as may be decided by the Engineer who made the
survey, Geo. Wadsworth, to be proper and sufficient, or to profile.
For Mr. Ligon's work and materials, the parties of the second part
agree to pay the party of the first part Thirty thousand dollars in
the currency of the country -- the whole to be owed on the completion
of the contract on the part of the party of the first part, but the
party of the first part will be entitled to monthly payments as the
work progresses twenty per cent being reserved on the monthly
estimates of work done as security for the fulfillment of the contract
by the party of the first part. All nails spikes & bolts -- and
other iron which may be required in the superstructure, to be
furnished by the party of the second part.
| In witness whereof the parties
have here unto subscribed their names (the parties of the second part
by their president) this 19th day of June 1863.
|E. T. Ligon
|Shelby Iron Co
by A. T. Jones Prest