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The Old Railroad Bridge at Florence

The old railroad bridge at Florence, Alabama is more than a landmark.  It early became a symbol of the industry, commerce and transportation that boosted the city in growth and prosperity.  It bridged not only the Tennessee River, but served as the connecting link to the other areas of the greater Muscle Shoals and to the other cities in the central and southern parts of Alabama. Long before … [Read More...]

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The Old Railroad Bridge Lighting Project

Media Release: The Old Railroad Bridge Company’s (ORBC) Board of Directors recently announced the beginning of the long awaited lighting of the historic 1,600 foot bridge structure. The Old Railroad Bridge was originally constructed in 1840 for wagon traffic and was modified in 1858 to handle rail traffic.  The ORBC obtained the structure from Norfolk-Southern Railroad in 1993 and as the … [Read More...]

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Short History of the Shoals Area Railroads

The following is a brief history of railroads in the Northwest Alabama and Southern Tennessee area. The Nashville and Florence Railroad Company was incorporated on February 24, 1879 and whose purpose after some pruning of legalistic verbiage, was to construct a line from Columbia, TN to Florence, AL, a distance of 79 miles. The proposed line traversed finely timbered country and it was hoped … [Read More...]