The Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad: A History

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The Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad is a perfect example of rail lines in the mid-nineteenth century. Chartered in 1852, the line ran from Paris, Tennessee, to the Kentucky state line and connected with two other routes to create a seamless link between Memphis and Louisville. It shortened the travel time between major economic cities, but its ability to make money didn’t match its founders’ aspirations. Its detractors ridiculed the route as “beginning in the woods and ending in a hollow tree.” Following the Civil War, the railroad revitalized the line, only to run out of money and largely fade away. Author Todd DeFeo recounts the fascinating story of a historic line.
ISBN: 9781467143462
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Tennessee
Series: Transportation
Images: 60
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Todd DeFeo has studied railroads since growing up alongside the Northeast Corridor in New Jersey. He is editor of, a website dedicated to the railroad industry and its history, and founder of the DeFeo Groupe, an Atlanta-area content creation firm. A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, DeFeo earned a degree in history. As a newspaper reporter, he regularly wrote articles chronicling the history of the towns and communities he covered. One of his first such articles highlighted the Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad.