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Elkmont in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad

 
 
Elkmont, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
1. Elkmont, Alabama Marker
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The earliest settlers to this area moved across the Chickasaw boundary before 1810 and established the Sims and New Garden settlements. The area came to be known as Elkmont, for the once abundant elk, the Elk River and the "mount" on which it sat. It began to flourish with the completion of the Tennessee and Alabama Central Railroad in 1859. The name of the Fort Hampton post office, established in 1859, was changed to Elkmont in 1866. Elkmont grew to be a commerce center for North Limestone County and was incorporated on March 28, 1873. The first high school in Limestone County was established here in 1912. Today, Elkmont's converted railroad bed welcomes visitors to connect with the past as it passes through a Civil War battle site to the south and a covered bridge to the north.

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The Tennessee and Alabama Central Railroad reached Elkmont in the fall of 1859. By 1862, the Union army controlled North Alabama and the railroad, an important supply line from Nashville to Chattanooga and Atlanta. 1.1 miles south of this spot is the site of one of the bloodiest land battles in Alabama at Sulphur Creek Trestle, part of the Sept. 1864 raids of C.S.A. General N.B. Forrest. The rail line became the Nashville & Decatur Railroad in 1866. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad had control by 1871, and
Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
2. Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker
in 1887, built the existing depot. The L&N served this area many years, bringing perishable goods, mail, providing transportation and export of cotton. L&N became part of the seaboard system in 1982. The line was abandoned in April 1986.
 
Erected 2005 by Elkmont Town Council & Limestone County Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 55.75′ N, 86° 58.383′ W. Marker is in Elkmont, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on County Road 49 east of Railroad Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in a small median/park at the intersection of Co Rd 49 and the Richard Martin Trail (the former railroad bed). Marker is in this post office area: Elkmont AL 35620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elkmont Pride: Family-School-Church (a few steps from this marker); Downtown Scenes (within shouting distance of this marker); Commerce (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle (approx. 1.5 miles away); Old New Garden Cemetery / New Garden Cumberland Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sims Settlement
Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
3. Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker
(approx. 4 miles away); Hernando De Soto in Alabama (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Saturn Legacy (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elkmont.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
4. Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker
Elkmont depot image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
5. Elkmont depot
Elkmont, Alabama image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
6. Elkmont, Alabama
Elkmont, Alabama image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
7. Elkmont, Alabama
Limestone County Rails to Trails map image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
8. Limestone County Rails to Trails map
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,553 times since then and 285 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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