The Western & Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia. Swamp Creek Scrapbook of Scollay Whitwell, Georgia, dated 1839.
The Western & Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia
The Western & Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia

The Western & Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia

Np: Np, Nd. 34 x 21.5 cm. The scrapbook is "Form No.6; Summary Abstract And Return" for the Railroad, an account book for payments to be made. Curiously the title at bottom rear reads, "Western Electric & Electric Rail Road of Gergia."The Western & Atlantic Railroad was founded on December 21, 1836, ran 138 miles from Atlanta to Chattanooga, TN. Most of the scrapbook contains contemporary newspaper clippings relating to the building of the railroad by its first chief engineer, Stephen Long, an Army engineer born in New Hampshire, who entered the corps of engineers and was assigned to West Point in 1815 teaching math as an assistant professor. Long established his office in Marietta. In 1840 Georgia entered its worst economic downturn as a result of the Panic of 1837. The hard economic times created conflict between Long and the state with Long turning his work over to James Williams to carry on, but Williams, too, had problems with the state. As a resutl work came to an abrupt end in 1842. The railroad would not be completed unitl 1850. It also contains a clipping of the "Croton Aqueduct Bridge Over The Harlem River." and illustrating sections of the Croton Aqueduct. Newspaper clippings of presidential elections of the period are also included. Item #22478

Price: $650.00