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Etowah in McMinn County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Louisville and Nashville Railroad

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, April 5, 2018
1. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Marker
Inscription.  In 1902, the L&N Railroad was searching for a location between Atlanta and Knoxville to build their Southern Division Headquarters on a new, more direct route between the two cities. This new line would bypass the mountainous area of the Hiwassee Gorge. The new location would include facilities for crew changes, and workshops to manufacture box cars and repair engines. A site located approximately half way between Knoxville and Chattanooga was chosen.

The L&N Depot was constructed in 1906 to house the division headquarters and was the first public building constructed in Etowah. The L&N Railroad employed 2,800 people in these early days, and created a bustling economy in Etowah.

In 1906, as the workforce at the new site grew and workers began moving families to the area, Etowah became the first planned community of the L&N Railroad. Construction workers arrived in Etowah to construct nearly a mile of buildings along the tracks that housed the workshops. A turn table was built to rotate the engines 360 degrees, allowing for direction changes.

The workshops in Etowah remained in operation until after the depression
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By Tom Bosse, April 5, 2018
2. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Marker
of the 1930's, when the railroad found it necessary to consolidate services and move them to other locations.

The L&N Depot remains an anchor for the community. The Depot is the ticket office for rail excursions that continue to take passengers over the Old Line and Historic L&N Hiwassee Loop over Bald Mountain to Copperhill. Several annual festivals and celebrations are held on the Depot Lawn, and the park is a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike.
 
Location. 35° 19.392′ N, 84° 31.468′ W. Marker is in Etowah, Tennessee, in McMinn County. Marker is on L and North Drive (U.S. 411), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the 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. Etowah (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 . . .  Louisville and Nashville Railroad. (Submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 5, 2018
3. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Marker

 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 5, 2018
4. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Caboose image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 5, 2018
5. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Caboose
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Logo image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
6. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Logo
Caboose Interior image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, August 27, 2017
7. Caboose Interior
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot - National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
8. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot - National Register of Historic Places
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, August 27, 2017
9. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   7, 8, 9. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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