Cartersville & Van Wert Railroad
The Cartersville and Van Wert Railroad Company, chartered in 1866, was planned as a rail connection between the Western & Atlantic Railroad at Cartersville and the Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad at a point in Alabama.
By 1870, only fourteen miles of broad-gauge track from Cartersville to Taylorsville had been put into service. The lack of further progress was largely due to the financial chicanery of entrepreneur Hannibal Kimball, Reconstruction Governor Rufus Bullock, and their associates.
In October of 1870 the name of the unfinished line was changed to Cherokee Railroad.
1870 map (51K)
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