Wills Valley Railroad

Built in 1860, the 12-mile Wills Valley Railroad ran from Trenton to the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad at Wauhatchie. It was intended to be part of a line from Chattanooga to north central Alabama, but four years of Civil War and three more of economic hardship delayed these plans. Finally, in 1868, it was combined with the North East & South West Alabama Railroad to form the Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad, which was planned as a 293-mile line from the Tennessee city to Meridian, Mississippi. About 230 miles were complete by 1870. In 1877, it was reorganized as the Alabama Great Southern Railroad.

Maps:

1863 map (195K)

1868 map (97K)

Listing for the Wills Valley RR in Hill & Swayze's Confederate States Rail-Road & Steam-Boat Guide. Online at Internet Archive here.

 


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