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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 image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, August 6, 2011
1. The "Pea Vine" Marker
Inscription.  
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.
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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
Parsons Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, August 6, 2011
2. Parsons Marker (reverse)
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merchandise store and post office from nearby Partinville. In 1893, the post office's name was officially changed to Parsons.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4D 57.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1862.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parsons TN 38363, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Divided Loyalties (approx. half a mile away); Revolutionary War Veterans Monument (approx. 4½ miles away); Confederate Veterans Memorial (approx. 4½ miles away); Decatur County Veterans Monument (approx. 4½ miles away); Brownsport Furnace (approx. 4½ miles away); Decatur County Training School Crowder High School 1925-1965 (approx. 4.8 miles away); Perryville First County Seat of Perry County (approx. 5.1 miles away); Mills Darden (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
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 was last revised on November 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,018 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on March 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 13, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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