D.D. Collins owned the Collinsville Plank Road Company and built the plank road from Collinsville to St. Louis. There is not a lot of information about the plank road, so when we find something it is like finding a gold nugget. Here is our latest finding from ~
"The Private Laws of the State of Illinois, passed at the Nineteenth General Assembly ~BEGUN AND HELD AT THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD ~ JANUARY 1, 1855."
Here is the inside front cover and the Act granting the Collinsville Plank Road Company five years to complete construction as recorded on page 467 ~
Click either photo to see a PDF you can zoom as large as you desire to read the actual archive and enjoy the rage of the day circa 1840.
Thanks to Ohio State University and googlebooks.com for making this historical data available to the public.