HIGHEST POINT ON THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL BETWEEN NEW ORLEANS AND MEMPHIS

There are several towns that claim to be the highest point on the Illinois Central Railroad between New Orleans, Louisiana and Memphis or Jackson, Tennessee.

The chart below is taken from condensed profiles published by the Illinois Central Railroad itself. Beginning at New Orleans, it progresses northward to each point that the crest of the elevation is higher than the proceeding point.

Elevation
In Feet
Nearest Mile Post Nearest Community
7.7 912 New Orleans, LA
10.0 906 Shrewsbury
10.2 904 Mays Yard
19.25 892 La Branch
13.5 875 Manchac
29 864 Ponchatoula
48 859 Hammond
96 848 Velma
150 837 Fluker
155 836 Fluker, LA
256 825 near state line
258 820 Chatawa, MS
342 811 Fernwood
372 808 McComb
420 806 McComb
428 804 Summit
494 783 Brookhaven
495 782 Brookhaven
464 753 Crystal Springs
361 720 Ridgeland
517 549 Waterford
on east route
581 547 on east route
589 546 on east route
597 545 on east route
619 544 Holly Springs
on east route
425 470 Jackson, TN
on east route
262 394 Memphis, TN
on west route

Using this data, it shows that the highest point on the New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN route is about 1 miles north of the depot in Brookhaven, MS. Crystal Springs misses by 31 feet and Ridgeland by 134 feet.

On the New Orleans to Jackson, TN route, the highest point is just south of Holly Springs, MS. Summit misses by 191 feet.

Note: the line splits at Grenada with the west route going to Memphis, TN and the east route going to Jackson, TN.

February 2, 2004