Carrollton Short Line Railroad-Carrollton, Alabama
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member OcrazyS
N 33° 15.747 W 088° 05.466
16S E 398374 N 3680913
Quick Description: The depot for the Carrollton Short Line Railroad was located here.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 7/22/2017 2:52:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMW84V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Mobile & Ohio Railroad Company in 1897 announced plans to build a line from Artesia, Mississippi through Pickens County to Tuscaloosa and on to Montgomery. Leading citizens in Carrollton sought to persuade the company to bring the line through the county seat, but M & O officials chose a route through Reform and Gordo to ensure faster mail service as required by the U.S. postal service. Led by W.G. Robertson, Judge O.L. McKinstry, E.R. Calhoun and M.L. Stansel, Carrollton residents organized a corporation to build a railroad from their community to Reform, to connect there with the M & O. Called the "Carrollton Short Line," the track eventually was completed by Tuscaloosa entrepreneur John Taylor Cochrane, who brought the first train into Carrollton in 1902. The depot was on this site.

Cochrane built the line steadily southward, establishing the town of Aliceville (named for his wife, Alyce Searcy) along its route, which eventually extended to Mobile. Rechristened the Alabama, Tennessee & Northern Railroad soon after, Cochrane's line prompted a social and economic boom for Carrollton and southwest Alabama. Vast timber holdings were tapped by "dummy lines" connecting to the Carrollton Short Line, creating many jobs to boost the local economy. The line operated until June 29, 1976, when the last train made its run.
[2001: Carrollton]
Marker Name: Carrollton Short Line Railroad

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
The depot is gone and now there is a lumber storage shed here.


Date Dedicated / Placed: 2001

Marker Number: Not listed

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