Chattanooga Railroad Series: Chickamauga And Durham Railroad (To Old Chattanooga Road)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The railroad that ran between Chickamauga, Ga., and the mining village of Durham on top of Lookout Mountain had a route that headed back toward the Chickamauga Road (Highway 341) after reaching what is now the intersection of Harp Switch Road and Mill Wee Hollow Road at Wallaceville, Ga.

The route went a short distance down what is now Mill Wee Hollow Road, then it veered left at the present Nance Drive.

It quickly turned off the present Nance Drive to go along near the top of a ridge leading back toward the main road to Chickamauga from Chattanooga Valley. This long level section is still in a quiet woods, but just above a host of new homes have been built at the Standifer Place development.

The rail bed crosses near the top of the Standifer Place entryway off Mill Wee Hollow Road. At this point, a house has been built on the rail bed by one side of the entryway. The trail can be clearly seen across the entryway on the opposite side.

The Chickamauga to Durham rail line continued to the ridge that is just south of the Chickamauga Road. Here another large house is sitting in the middle of the line. It has a long driveway leading down to Highway 341.

The line continued in the direction of Lookout Mountain in woods near the top of the ridge before coming out on Old Chattanooga Valley Road just up from Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church.

It then went along the ridge to the southwest that gradually slopes to the valley floor.

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