Guide to the Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad Celebration Invitation, 1859

Summary Information

Title: Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad Celebration Invitation, 1859
Collection: AC.751
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is an invitation to celebrate the completion of the Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad to the Hundred Mile Station by giving a Public Dinner in Talladega County, Alabama, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Sy Henderson of Winchester, Tennessee.

Creator: Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chartered in 1848, the Alabama and Tennessee Rive Railroad took over work on an earlier road and intended to connect Selma, Alabama with Gadsden and other roads going north to Nashville, Tennessee. Construction began in 1851 and had reached Blue Mountain, northeast of Talladega, by May 1862, when construction stopped (grading to Gadsden was well under way). The Confederacy attempted to extend the road from Blue Mountain to Rome, Georgia in order to provide another source of supply for the army in the Chattanooga area. No rails were laid, but the graded bed was used by supply wagons. A 4-mile long Branch was constructed to reach a nail factory and coal fields. Today this railway is a shortline railway operating over tracks formerly operated by CSX Transportation. No history could be found on the 1859 celebration.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an invitation To the citizens of Talladega County... to celebrate the completion ofthe Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad to the Hundred Mile Station, for July 15th, (1859). The envelope and a name card for Ada F. Terry are included with the invitation.


There is no formal arrangement in this collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Michael Ginsberg Books in 2008. Accession number AC.2011.017

Processing Information

This was processed by Anita Elliott, January 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.751: Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad Celebration Invitation, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Invitation, 1859 ACSC_Box 25, Folder 10