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Tunnel Hill in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Baggage Carts

 
 
Baggage Carts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 19, 2019
1. Baggage Carts Marker
The Tunnel Hill Heritage Center & Museum is to the right.
Inscription.  Baggage Carts were one of the utilitarian devices used by almost all railroads to move goods and luggage around their depots. They received little more attention than the broom in the corner, but without them, the expediency of railroad freight service would have been severely compromised. From the beginning of railroading in America in the 1830s, there was the need for getting a passenger's luggage or a store owner's goods to and from the trains. Hand trucks, motorized trucks, conveyors, loading docks and more were utilized in the transfer of everything that went on or off a train. But the baggage cart was perhaps the most common of these forms of transfer. There were literally thousands of baggage carts in existence throughout the heyday of railroading. In addition to the railroads, baggage carts were owned and operated by transportation companies such as Wells Fargo and Railway Express and these carts would sit beside those of the railroads'. Hand powered carts gave way to motorized carts or trailers pulled by a variety of motorized vehicles. Even today baggage carts can be found at stations serving Amtrak's trains. Because baggage carts took
Baggage Carts Marker is to the right of the shed. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 19, 2019
2. Baggage Carts Marker is to the right of the shed.
Note: the suitcases on the left are not period!
a back seat to the trains themselves, little has been recorded of them and few photographs specifically highlighting the carts have been taken.
 
Location. 34° 50.4′ N, 85° 2.52′ W. Marker is in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is on Clisby Austin Drive east of Oak Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 Clisby Austin Drive, Tunnel Hill GA 30755, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tunnel Hill W&A Railroad Depot (a few steps from this marker); Tunnel Hill (a few steps from this marker); Clisby Austin House (a few steps from this marker); Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Tunnel Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Excavation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crow Valley (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mill Creek Gap (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tunnel Hill.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Former Baggage Cart. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 19, 2019
3. Former Baggage Cart.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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