Illinois Central Coaling Tower

Photo of Illinois Central Coaling Tower

640 Cutter Avenue
Lambert, MS

In the heyday of rail traffic, locomotives were steam powered and fueled by way of structures such as this coaling tower in Lambert.

The original one built in the 1800s was made of wood, but this concrete structure was built in the early 1900s and served its purpose until the mid-twentieth century when the fuel of choice became diesel. Because of the high cost of demolition, a few of these iconic towers remain in place and are often sought out by rail fans for photo opportunities.