“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Etowah in McMinn County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)


A Railroad Town

Etowah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, August 27, 2017
1. Etowah Marker
Inscription.  The Louisville and Nashville (L&N) built Etowah between 1904 and 1906 as division headquarters for its new Cincinnati to Atlanta line. Workers were transferred from other L&N facilities or recruited from nearby farming communities, other states, and several foreign countries. Company civil engineers laid out the new town in a muddy farm field, with L&N buildings lining the tracks. Private businesses and residences for white workers were built to the west, while many black employees settled on the eastern side of the rail yards. The renovated passenger depot now houses a railroad museum and local civic and art organizations.

At its peak, Etowah’s L&N complex included a roundhouse, maintenance shops, freight and passenger depots, and employed over 2,000 men.
Erected by Tennessee Dept. of Transportation; Tennessee 200, Inc.; East Tennessee Foundation; the counties of McMinn, Monroe, and Polk.
Location. 35° 19.392′ N, 84° 31.469′ W. Marker is in Etowah, Tennessee, in McMinn County. Marker is on L and North Drive (

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Tennessee Route 411), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the old L&N Depot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Etowah TN 37331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad (here, next to this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Englewood (approx. 7.4 miles away); Samuel Cleage (approx. 9.2 miles away); Tennessee Wesleyan College (approx. 9.2 miles away); Battle of Athens (approx. 9.3 miles away); Petty-Manker Hall (approx. 9.4 miles away); The Nocatula Legend (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Etowah.
Also see . . .
1. Louisville and Nashville Railroad. (Submitted on October 26, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Etowah, Tennessee. (Submitted on October 26, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 28 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 26, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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