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The Mountain Goat by J. W. Arbuckle

The Mountain Goat (1992)

by J. W. Arbuckle

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I was fortunate enough to learn about this book from William Turner, the Grundy County Historian, who provided the pictures for the book. The book itself is a fascinating history of the Tennessee Coal and Iron Railroad spur that ran from Sewanee to Tracy City and later Coalmont in the Cumberland region of Tennessee. The book touches on the personalities that founded the railroad and communities, the communities that grew up around it and the folks that made the railroad run. The book relays many great stories about the railroad and it's construction, along the way telling the tale of the community around it. It's a great read for those who want a feel of what it was like to work on the old steam locomotives and what the life was like for them. My only complaint is that the book jumps around chronologically, but that's a minor complaint. It's of great value to those who's ancestors worked for this or any railroad (mine included), folks with ties to the Cumberland and those folks interested in genealogy.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 093280764X, Paperback)

In this captivating work, the authors, a rail fan and a former railroader, engagingly tell the history and the character ofthe Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad's Tracy City branch, better known as "The Mountain Goat." They detail the railroad's direct im-pact on the University of the South and coal's impact on the railroad, The history of the line's shaky beginning and endurance as a coal-hauling branchline is peppered with the authors' and other railroaders' anecdotes that span the line's existence-from its 1858 birth, through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and two world wars, to its 1985 demise. Pictures and memorabilia from the collection of William Ray Turner give added enjoyment to the read-ers of this "Little History."

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