Cowan in Franklin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Major William Russell first settled here in 1800, his home serving as the first Court House 1807-1814.
1848-1854: N &C Railroad constructed the world's longest tunnel and steepest grade railroad.
1855: 9 mi. spur line to Sewanee Mountain completed by Sewanee Mining Company.
1863-1864: Confederate and Federal Armies camped in Cowan.
Failure of Confederate Forces to destroy the tunnel provided General Sherman with a direct line of supply for his march through Georgia.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
Location. 35° 9.857′ N, 86° 0.629′ W. Marker is in Cowan, Tennessee, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Cumberland Street West (U.S. 41A) and Tennessee Avenue South, on the right when traveling north on Cumberland Street West. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199 Tennessee Ave S, Cowan TN 37318, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Tullahoma Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Passing Through Cowan (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Tullahoma Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Cowan Railroad Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Goshen Cumberland Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); Peter Turney (approx. 4.1 miles away); Army of Tennessee (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Blind Knight (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cowan.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.