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Western and Atlantic Railroad
August 3, 1836 Governor William Schley hires Abbott Hall Brisbane to study possible routes between the Chattahoochee River and Chattanooga for the Western and Atlantic Railroad.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
  William Schley
December 21, 1836 The Western and Atlantic Railroad Company is created by act of the Georgia legislature
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
May 12, 1837 Stephen Harriman Long is hired by the state of Georgia as chief engineer for the Western and Atlantic Railroad.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
  Stephen Harriman Long
September 10, 1837 Abbott Hall Brisbane and another man place a stake at the site of the "zero mile marker" for the Western and Atlantic Railroad. The location is at the corner of present-day Wall St. and Central Av. in downtown Atlanta.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
December 4, 1841 The state suspends all work on the Western and Atlantic Railroad north of the Etowah River and dissolves the board managing the railroad.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
January 1, 1842 The state asks former U. S. Senator and Governor Wilson Lumpkin to become disbursing agent for the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Lumpkin accepts.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
July 11, 1842 A portion of Land Lot 77 is donated by Samuel Mitchell for use by the Western and Atlantic Railroad. These 5 acres, known at the time as "State Square" are now part of Underground Atlanta and the site of the 0 mile marker for the W&ARR
  Atlanta, Georgia (through 1900)
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
July 22, 1847 Mail service from Atlanta to Dalton on the Western and Atlantic Railroad begins
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
April 12, 1862 The Great Locomotive Chase
  Civil War - 1862
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Bartow County, Georgia
  Gordon County, Georgia
  Whitfield County, Georgia
  Catoosa County, Georgia
April 15, 1862 After minor repairs, the General re-enters service on the Western and Atlantic Railroad
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
May 2, 1862 The General transports Andrews Raiders from the Chattanooga station to Atlanta
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
December 12, 1870 State operation of the Western and Atlantic Railroad ceases. Former governor Joseph E. Brown begins running the line under a 20 year lease from the state.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
December 27, 1890 Georgia leases the Western and Atlantic Railroad to the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
December 17, 1928 New tunnel enters operation through Chetoogeta Mountain near Tunnel Hill, replacing a 1,477 foot tunnel built to complete the Western and Atlantic Railroad
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
December 28, 1928 Western and Atlantic Tunnel through Chetoogeta Mountain is officially retired.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad


From its completion in 1850 until its incorporation into the Louisville, Nashville and St. Louis Railroad in 1891, the Western and Atlantic Railroad connected the port of Savannah to markets in the West, provided transportation through this essential corridor and gave farmers a ready market for their goods.

For more information on the building of the railroad see the Western and Atlantic Railroad.




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