| West Point Before The Battle
were raised with the news that the Montgomery and West Point Railroad was
planning to extend its rails to the Georgia line.� This could mean the
development of West Point as a transportation center as well as an important
cotton market. It would also
give impetus to the cultivation of cotton as a major crop.
a hot day in July, 1851, the first train arrived from Montgomery and a cheering
crowd lined the tracks in welcome. Three years later in May of 1854,
there was a second celebration when a train pulled into the West Point
station from Atlanta, crossing the river on the new railroad trestle
completed that year.
Tracks That Never Met
� Digital Library And Archives,
"Manuscript Resources for Railroad History, http://spec.lib.vt.edu/railroad/rrinto.htm
� Dorothy N. Young, "West Point Before
the Battle of Fort Tyler," The
Battle of West Point, Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society, 1997, pp.