Etowah & Deatons Railroad

Etowah & Deatons Railroad

A Porter locomotive of the type used on the Etowah & Deatons RR.

The Etowah & Deatons was a small privately owned railroad that operated for a short time in the 1880s in northeastern Polk County near the Floyd and Bartow county lines. It was built by brothers D.W. and D.M. Rogers to haul logs and lumber to and from their sawmill.

The 3-ft gauge line connected with the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad (later Southern Railway) at Seney and with the East & West Railroad of Alabama (later Seaboard Air Line Railway) at Deatons, near Taylorsville.

The former village of Etowah was on the E&D RR some 4 miles east of Seney and 5 miles west of Deatons. The Georgia State Gazetteer of 1896 described Etowah as an “inland post office” with a population of 25. The 1881 edition noted that the post office had been recently established and had no other information.

Seney is on the Norfolk Southern Railway at the Floyd/Polk county line. This line was part of the former East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad, which was folded into Southern Railway in 1894.

An investor in the ETV&G was George I. Seney of New York, who donated much of his wealth to various charities in the Northeast and throughout the South. The 1881 Seney Hall at Oxford College of Emory University and the 1882 Seney-Stovall Chapel at the University of Georgia were constructed with funds provided by George Seney.

In 1881 the Etowah & Deatons reported operating a light locomotive built by the H.K. Porter Company of Pittsburgh, PA. The engine hauled as many as 6 cars with a 90-ton load on the 30-pound rail. For fuel it used two cords of pine wood per day.

The E&D's rails were taken up in 1884 after the brothers moved their entire sawmill operation to Talladega County, Alabama.

From: Travelers' Official Guide of the Railway and Steam Navigation Lines in the United States and Canada. New York: National Railway Publication Company, July 1884.

1883 Map (30K)

1886 Map (53K) Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey.

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