Historic Railroad Map of Tennessee - 1888

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New enlarged scale Railroad and County Map of Tennessee showing every railroad station and post office in the state, 1888.

In June of 1796 Tennessee became the 16th state to be admitted to the United States, and was the first state to be created from U.S. federal territory. Previously a part of North Carolina, the land was given to the U.S. government in 1790 and was reorganized as the Southwest Territory.

Knoxville was established in the late 1700's along the banks of the Tennessee River and named after Revolutionary War general Henry Knox. Knoxville was made Knox County’s seat of government when it was formed in 1792.

The early community prospered as an agricultural center and supply post for travelers heading west. The East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad began serving the community of Knoxville in 1855.

During the civil war Knoxville citizens were divided and the town was the site of much fighting and sabotage, with both sides occupying the village and fort at different times during the conflict. Confederate troops that had fortified the town and fort fled before Union forces arrived in 1863. The Union army under the command of General Ambrose Burnside literally marched into Knoxville without incident. They occupied Knoxville until the end of the war, making it a transportation center for Union army supplies.

Knoxville’s reconstruction era prompted new industries and businesses to emerge in this scenic locale of the Tennessee Valley.

Clarksville was established in 1785 along the banks of the Cumberland River and named after Revolutionary War hero General George R. Clark; frontiersman William Clark’s elder brother. The town was surveyed and plotted as payment to Continental soldiers and their families for their service during the war.

Tobacco was the first main crop raised in the area and Clarksville became an important inspection center and transportation hub for that product and others. The Louisville & Memphis Railroad began to serve the community in 1859.

During the American Civil War, Clarksville was captured and occupied by northern troops.

Jackson was established in the 1800's as a railroad junction town which also held important railroad repair shops.

The Mobile & Ohio Railroad eventually reached Jackson in 1858. This key transportation line suffered greatly during the civil war due to constant sabotage. In the years following the war, Jackson maintained as an agricultural center with important railroad yards and railroad connections.

The Memphis & Charleston Railroad was completed in 1857.

In the 1870's, Memphis finally fell victim to the yellow fever epidemic that was so prevalent in southern towns during that era. The epidemic grew to epic proportions in and around Memphis prompting many to leave; eventually resulting in two thousand dead. Memphis lost its city status as a result of the lack of population during that time.

Memphians were busy positioning themselves, in the 1880's, to recover as a business and industrial trade center.

Tennessee is now home to several large cities, including Nashville, Memphis, and Chattanooga.

This map shows relief, drainage, cities, towns, counties, roads, and railroads.


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