The Railroads That Built Bollinger County presented by Shawn Friedrich

Discover the history of railways in Southeast Missouri and how they impacted our area. See rare photos, taken over 130 years ago, some never seen by the public before.

Shawn Friedrich, local railroad historian, archivist, and railroad volunteer, will present “The Railroads that Built Bollinger County” at 1:00 pm on July 24. Friedrich has been researching and photographing railroads in the area his whole life, and  archiving history of our local railroads for the past 7 years. He was also a volunteer at the St. Louis Iron Mountain Railroad in Jackson for two years as a maintenance worker and a railroad conductor on the train. His railroad roots stretch back to when his grandfather was a fireman on the Cotton Belt Railroad in the 1930s and 1940s and his great grandfather worked on the same railroad  as a member of the “section gang”.

Program attendees can expect to hear the history of railroads in Southeast Missouri and how the railroads impacted our area. Friedrich will narrate stories of railroad history through railroad photos of the area that have been taken over 130 years ago; some never seen before by the public.


The public will also be able to view our new Railroad exhibit featuring the history of railroads through, photos, memorabilia, and a model train.


Tickets may be purchased now for the upcoming presentation at 1:00 pm, on July 24, by Shawn Friedrich, The Railroads That Built Bollinger County. Registration is not required. To purchase tickets in advance and save your seat,  visit and follow the instructions. Advance tickets must be purchased by July 21. Tickets will be emailed to the email address provided.


The Bollinger County Museum of Natural History is located at 209 Mayfield Drive in Marble Hill, MO

Regular admission to the museum will apply.

Museum admission: Adults $5 each and 17 years and under $2 each

Museum open hours: 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Special presentation by Shawn Friedrich: 1:00 pm

For more information call 573-238-1174 or email