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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Louisville and Nashville Railroad / L&N Expansion

 
 
Louisville and Nashville Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Louisville and Nashville Railroad Marker
Inscription.  
Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Chartered by the Kentucky General Assembly March 5, 1850. First track was laid near here in July 1855. First train ran in August. 1855. First passenger station dedicated at 9th and Broadway in 1858. From it in 1859 ran first through train from Louisville to Nashville.

During Civil War L&N was Western sector's only North-South rail link. a vital part of Union supply route., Used by Generals Grant and Sherman to move men and supplies as Union rolled deeper into South. It was prime target for marauding Confederate units. Gen. John Hunt Morgan raided extensively along its tracks and bridges. But despite difficulties the railroad continued to operate.

L & N Expansion
First train
• 1859: Louisville to Nashville (Map showing 1867 Memphis expansion)
• 1872: Birmingham, Montgomery
• 1880: New Orleans, St. Louis, Pensacola, Mobile
• 1881: Cincinnati
• 1902: Knoxville
• 1905: Atlanta
• 1957: Paducah, Chattanooga
• 1969: Chicago
 
Erected 1970 by Kentucky Historical
Louisville and Nashville Railroad / L&N Expansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Louisville and Nashville Railroad / L&N Expansion Marker
Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1350.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 14.815′ N, 85° 46.091′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broadway (U.S. 60) and South 10th Street, on the right when traveling east on West Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 908 West Broadway, Louisville KY 40210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Knights of Pythias Temple / Hub of Culture and History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Louisville Western Branch Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. James Bond (1863-1929) / Early Leader and Educator (approx. 0.2 miles away); Center Street C.M.E. Church / Brown Memorial C.M.E. Church (approx. Ό mile away); Samuel M. Plato, Architect / Buildings by Samuel M. Plato (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Good Shepherd Order (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brennan House (approx. half a mile away); Seelbach-Parrish House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  A Brief History of The Louisville & Nashville Railroad. By Charles B. Castner
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of the L&N Historical Society. (Submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
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Feb. 26, 2021