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Railroad Revives Town

       Hopes were raised with the news that the Montgomery and West Point Railroad was planning to extend its rails to the Georgia line. This could mean the development of West Point as a transportation center as well as an important cotton market.  It would also give impetus to the cultivation of cotton as a major crop. 

        On a hot day in July, 1851, the first train arrived from Montgomery and a cheering crowd lined the tracks in welcome.  Three years later in May of 1854, there was a second celebration when a train pulled into the West Point station from Atlanta, crossing the river on the new railroad trestle completed that year.

Next Page    The Tracks That Never Met

 

Sources:

  Digital Library And Archives, "Manuscript Resources for Railroad History, http://spec.lib.vt.edu/railroad/rrinto.htm

  Dorothy N. Young, "West Point Before the Battle of Fort Tyler," The Battle of West Point, Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society, 1997, pp. 10

 
 

 


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