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Elkmont in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad
 
Elkmont, Alabama Marker Photo, 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 Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
2. Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker
 
in 187, 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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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 (approx. 4 miles away); Hernando De Soto in Alabama (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Saturn Legacy (approx. 4.9 miles away); Vietnam Veterans of America (approx. 4.9 miles away); Alabama Korean War Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Abner Alloway Strange, Sr. (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elkmont.
 
Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
3. Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker
 
 
Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
4. Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad Marker
 
 
Elkmont depot Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
5. Elkmont depot
 
 
Elkmont, Alabama Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
6. Elkmont, Alabama
 
 
Elkmont, Alabama Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
7. Elkmont, Alabama
 
 
Limestone County Rails to Trails map Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, March 5, 2011
8. Limestone County Rails to Trails map
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,056 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 11, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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