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

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The little community of Vulcan was the last sign of civilization until the Chickamauga to Durham train arrived at its destination of Durham, Ga., on Lookout Mountain.

Vulcan Drive goes from Tucker Branch across Vulcan Road in the direction of Durham along the old railroad line.

At Pump Gulf, there was a sweeping trestle going to the left some distance beyond the Vulcan community. Then another high trestle had to be built at Fuggett Branch as Durham was getting close.

The line ended at the low point of Durham Road (Highway 199) where there was an active mining town for many years.

Durham had a brick commissary, a school, a post office, a ball field and a host of miner homes,  but almost all of it his disappeared.

Much of the Durham property was bought at auction by the Lula Lake Land Trust and has been preserved.

The spot where the mining operation itself was located and the last length of the rail bed went to a private buyer, and it is fenced off. 

The tracks were not taken up on the Chickamauga to Durham Railroad until the early 1950s.


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