“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Parsons in Decatur County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

The “Pea Vine"A Ghost Railroad / Parsons A Railroad Town

The "Pea Vine" Marker (obverse) image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, August 6, 2011
1. The "Pea Vine" Marker (obverse)
Inscription. (obverse)
The "Pea Vine" A Ghost Railroad

In 1886, Tennessee Midland Railway Company was chartered to build a railroad from Memphis to Virginia. By 1889, 135.6 miles of track were completed to Perryville where it ended for lack of funds. In 1892, another rail connection at Lexington ended the need to extend the line past Perryville. By 1896, the 24.1 miles from Lexington to Perryville were owned by the Louisville & Nashville and operated by lessee Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway. Known locally as the “Pea Vine,” the Perryville branch operated daily until abandoned in October 1936.

Parsons A Railroad Town

On April 11, 1889, seeds for the town of Parsons were sown when landowner Henry Myracle deeded 143 acres to Tennessee Midland Railway Company. In exchange, Tennessee Midland built a depot and laid out a town consisting of 44 numbered blocks. Even numbers belonged to Tennessee Midland and odd numbers belonged to Henry Myracle. On April 20, 1889 George W. Partin bought the first lot in the new town of Parsons and later that year moved his general merchandise store and post office from nearby Partinville. In 1893, the post office's name was officially changed to Parsons.
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Parsons Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, August 6, 2011
2. Parsons Marker (reverse)
Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4D 57.)
Location. 35° 38.958′ N, 88° 7.615′ W. Marker is in Parsons, Tennessee, in Decatur County. Marker is at the intersection of South Tennessee Avenue (Tennessee Route 69) and West Main Street (U.S. 412), on the right when traveling south on South Tennessee Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parsons TN 38363, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brownsport Furnace (approx. 4.5 miles away); Mills Darden (approx. 5.2 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 5.9 miles away); Amphibious Attack on Linden (approx. 6.2 miles away); Cedar Grove Iron Furnace (approx. 11.2 miles away); Cedar Grove Iron Works (approx. 11.6 miles away); Doe Creek School (approx. 14.1 miles away); Doe Creek Cemetery (approx. 14.1 miles away).
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
The "Pea Vine" Marker (looking south) image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, August 6, 2011
3. The "Pea Vine" Marker (looking south)
Parsons Marker (looking north) image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, August 6, 2011
4. Parsons Marker (looking north)
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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