Tri-state (TN-GA-AL) Rail Stops - Corrections and Additions

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - by Chuck Hamilton

Since finishing the recent series on local region rail stops, I came across new information in a couple of cases that would require alteration of the original for accuracy.


In the first case, I discovered the existence of one more station on the Chattanooga Extension Railroad between East Chattanooga Station and Citico Junction.


This signal stop stood at the Dodson Avenue crossing of the railway, near the intersection of the former with Ruby Street. 

A post office of Burgess operated here in the late 19th and possibly early 20th centuries.


In the second case, I discovered that Thurman Springs on the Mission Ridge Incline Railway was not where I thought it was.  I was sure I had remembered the actual Thurman Springs at the foot of the western side of Missionary Ridge, and confident that my memory was correct since I had accurately placed Poeville after seeing it on one map over fifteen years ago.  Sometime a couple of weeks after sending in the series, I finally stumbled across a map which showed it, only three-quarters of a mile to the north.

Thurman Springs

The railway ended just before the last point at which East View Drive meets South Crest Road going south; from this point to East Shadowlawn Drive it was originally called Spring Street.  The Thurman Springs were on the east slope of the ridge, a little to the east of what is now 484 East View Drive.


Also, due to the correction above and new information provided to me by email, the entry for the trolley station at East Lake Park under the Ridgedale Division of the Chattanooga Union railway should read as follows.

Grandview Station

This station stood at the intersection of East 32nd Street and 15th Avenue, at the north edge of the garden at the later site of East Lake Park (created by C.E. James and donated to the City of Chattanooga in 1896), on the back side of the loop mentioned under Fort Cheatham.  Here, it not only served the needs of the garden’s visitors but of guests of the hotel built on the side of the ridge above.  The former trolley station survives as a private residence at 3202 15th Avenue.

Chuck Hamilton



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