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The First Railroad in West Tennessee

The LaGrange and Memphis Railroad

 
 
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By John R. Schafer II, September 6, 1986
1. The First Railroad in West Tennessee - Marker
Inscription. Organized in 1835, the LaGrange and Memphis Railroad operated the first train from Memphis 4 1/2 miles on March 29, 1842, on the present roadbed of the Southern Railway. The depot which was destroyed by fire February 1, 1853 was located here. The LaGrange and Memphis Railroad and the depot were acquired by the Memphis and Charleston Railroad about 1846. The Southern Railway succeeded the Memphis and Charleston.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 84.)
 
Location. 35° 8.385′ N, 90° 2.442′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Union Avenue 0.1 miles east of Lauderdale Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 495 Union Avenue, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Commercial Appeal / Publishing Locations (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hunt-Phelan Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); George W. Lee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benjamin Franklin Booth
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By Thomas S Parker, June 3, 2008
2. The First Railroad in West Tennessee Marker
(approx. mile away); First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church (approx. mile away); N. B. Forrest Camp 215 Sons of Confederate Veterans (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nathan Bedford Forrest (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .  The First Railroad. The following information is an excerpt from "The History of Fayette County, Tennessee 1986" by the Fayette County Historical Society, reprinted here with permission. (Submitted on September 5, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
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By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
3. The First Railroad in West Tennessee Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Thomas S Parker of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,119 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Thomas S Parker of Memphis, Tennessee.   3. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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