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Kingston in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Rome Railroad

 
 
Rome Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 3, 2006
1. Rome Railroad Marker
Inscription. Incorporated on Dec. 21, 1839 as the Memphis Branch Railroad and Steamboat Co. of Georgia, this was the first railroad in the South designed to connect steamboat traffic to railroads. In Dec., 1849 the 18 mile track from Kingston to Rome was completed. From Rome, cotton and other commodities were shipped downriver on the Coosa to Gadsden, Alabama, and other points.

In April, 1862 the “William R. Smith” on the Rome Railroad picked up the chase in Kingston to pursue the Andrew Raiders during the Great Locomotive Chase. In July 1864 the Rome RR was taken over by the U.S. Military and played a key role in sending troops from Rome to the Allatoona Pass Battle which averted a Union Military disaster.

In Oct., 1943 the “Little Rome RR” made its last run.
 
Erected by Etowah Valley Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 14.183′ N, 84° 56.783′ W. Marker is in Kingston, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker is at the intersection of West Railroad Street NW and Johnson Street, on the right when traveling east on West Railroad Street NW. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingston GA 30145, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Rome Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 3, 2006
2. Rome Railroad Marker
. The Andrews Raiders at Kingston (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Memorial Day (within shouting distance of this marker); House - Site Thomas V. B. Hargis (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Hospital Site of Wayside Home (about 400 feet away); Sherman’s March to the Sea (about 500 feet away); Kingston Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Surrender of Confederate Troops (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hardee's Corps at Kingston (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kingston.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Rome Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 19, 2011
3. Rome Railroad Marker
Rome Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 19, 2011
4. Rome Railroad Marker
Railroad Street is on the right, and Johnson Street on the left at the intersection (the marker is just to the left of the tree).
 
 
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