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Tuscumbia Railway First Railroad west of Alleghenies

 
 
Tuscumbia Railway First Railroad west of alleghenies Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 17, 2009
1. Tuscumbia Railway First Railroad west of alleghenies Marker
Inscription.  First Railroad west of Alleghenies 1832 ~ begun here; completed to Decatur, 45 miles east, in 1834. Cotton shipped by this line around nearby Muscle Shoals, then by boat down Tennessee ~ Mississippi R to world markets. 1851 ~ expanded to Memphis ~ Charleston RR. A vital line in Civil War, it changed hands several times. 1898 ~ became part of Southern Railways.
 
Erected by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 34° 43.951′ N, 87° 42.309′ W. Marker is in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is at the intersection of West 5th Street and South Water Street, on the right when traveling west on West 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 West 5th Street, Tuscumbia AL 35674, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of Tuscumbia, Alabama (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colbert County Courthouse Square District (about 600 feet away); Howell Thomas Heflin (about 600 feet away); American Indian History
Tuscumbia Railway Depot Museum image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 17, 2009
2. Tuscumbia Railway Depot Museum
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Petrified Conifer Tree / Petrified Lycopod Tree Stump (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tuscumbia Big Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); U. S. Army M60A3 Main Battle Tank (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscumbia.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Story of First Railway West Alleghey Mountains. Sunday Morning, August 17, 1958 in Times Daily page 8 section 2 It Happened at Tuscumbia: by Nina Leftwich (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

2. Digging Up History, Tuscumbia workers undercover railway treasures. The Gadsden Times Tuesday April 10, 2007 (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,503 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 9, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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