Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

April 9, 2014

Tracking down old tracks

CROSSVILLE — It is perceived that the lumber business was profitable and extensive throughout the entire area of the current Glade and along much of the path of the described rail from the Glade all the way to Dorton. While our previous reports detailed much about the track of the Cumberland Northern, most of the reported discovery was north of Peavine and east of the four-way stop near the new Wyndham reception center (and east toward Antioch). 

This current article and map finish the story about the rail and logging efforts for the Glade area south (and east) of Peavine Rd. Apparently the terrain of the Glade south of Peavine Rd. (and the four way stop) was so severe that no route could be found to transport logs and timber north, to the main trunk in the vicinity of the four way stop. We shall refer to our latest rail bed discovery as the Chestnut Hill to - Amherst Spur (southern spur). This southern spur begins near the intersection of Amherst Ln. and Albemarle Ln. and continues south, crossing St. George Dr. and proceeds south south-west through the woods toward the northern end of Swicegood Rd. We have found evidence of at least one side-spur heading west from the rail path just described. We do not believe that it went very far west, since the grade was too severe. The rail then generally follows Swicegood Rd. to Chestnut Hill Rd. and turns west following Chestnut Hill Rd. to Shorty Barnes Rd., where it joined the main rail line and proceeded south toward Dorton. As best as it can be ascertained, the two Chestnut Hill Rd. crossings of Brown Creek required trestles to reduce the grade that the steam engine and two loaded flat cars were required to traverse. No evidence of these trestles has been uncovered.

As was true in much of the Glade, there is also evidence of logging roads throughout the Glade. Speculation is that these logging roads may have been used for logging efforts subsequent to when the Cumberland Northern Railroad remained in existence (approximately 1908-1920).  

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