Pigeon Forge in Sevier County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Pigeon River Railroad
(Above) This artist’s sketch by Norman C. Miller, Jr. appeared in Elmer G. Sulzer’s book, Ghost Railroads of Tennessee
(Left) Pictured at the Middle Creek train stop, about 1920, are Ulla Chance, Bertha Marshall and Jenella Ogle. The Pigeon River Railroad connected with the KS&E in west Sevierville, then traveled through A.J. King’s lumber warehouse on its way to Pigeon Forge. There was a PRRR depot at the lumber company in Sevierville, there were three depots along Lower Middle Creek Road, and there was one across this highway. Photo Courtesy of Jerry Loveday
Locomotives from the Smoky Mountain Railroad were among those used for display at Rebel Railroad, one of the town’s first attractions. Engine #107 remains in Pigeon Forge. Photo Courtesy of David Eppen
Pictured is a Sevier County leather smith in 1937. Esquire Blackburn Jones & A.S. Trotter operated a tannery on Mill Creek in Pigeon Forge. Cleason Emert and Ransom Sims were also tanners there. They made shoes, harnesses, saddles and horse collars for local farmers. Photo: Tennessee State Library & Archives
(Left) A spike from the Pigeon River Railroad and a Montgomery’s Vindicator advertisement 1924
Erected 2013 by City of Pigeon Forge.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 35° 47.165′ N, 83° 32.871′ W. Marker is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in Sevier County. Marker is on Veteran's Boulevard (Tennessee Route 449) 0.1 miles north of Dollywood Lane, on the right when traveling north. Located at entrance to parking area west of a Sevier County Electric System substation. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge TN 37863, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pigeon Forge Elementary School/Pigeon Forge Canning Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church Pigeon Forge (approx. 0.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Pigeon Forge and Pigeon Forge Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sevier County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Pigeon Forge Iron Works (approx. 0.3 miles away); Unionists Within the Confederacy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Pigeon Forge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Broady Dairy (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pigeon Forge.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2013, by Marcia Nelson of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 711 times since then and 33 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on June 13, 2013, by Marcia Nelson of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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