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Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Railroad

West of Allegheny Mountains - Tuscumbia, Courtland & Decatur RR.

 
 
First Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 20, 2010
1. First Railroad Marker
Inscription. Built 1833 to by-pass shoals in Tenn. River. Absorbed by Memphis & Charleston And by Southern Rwy. In 1898.
 
Erected 1952 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 34° 36.873′ N, 86° 58.999′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Wilson Street Northeast (U.S. 72) and Harborview Drive Northeast, on the right when traveling north on Wilson Street Northeast. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Decatur and The Civil War in North Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Hood’s Middle Tennessee Campaign and The Battle for Decatur (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Bridges Across The Tennessee River (within shouting distance of this marker); Old State Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Decatur (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Leadership at Decatur - McCartney Hotel Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dancy-Polk House (circa 1829)
First Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, April 7, 2012
2. First Railroad Marker
(about 500 feet away); “An Affair Most Important to Us” - The Federal Right, October 27-28, 1864 (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Decatur.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
First Railroad Marker across from the Old State Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 20, 2010
3. First Railroad Marker across from the Old State Bank Building
The railroad crosses under the road at the traffic light. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 20, 2010
4. The railroad crosses under the road at the traffic light.
A few things have changed since the 1830s at this site. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 20, 2010
5. A few things have changed since the 1830s at this site.
The lift bridge over the Tennessee River image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 20, 2010
6. The lift bridge over the Tennessee River
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,117 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   2. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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