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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cowan, TN

Cowan is a city in Franklin County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,737 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Tullahoma, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Cowan was originally founded in 1808 but remained a minor settlement for several years.

Cowan Railroad Museum

Cowan's establishment as a place dates from the mid-19th century and developed mostly as a railroad town. It was the site where several branch lines met the main NC&StL Nashville to Chattanooga trunk. As the last stop before the uphill climb onto the nearby Cumberland Plateau, pusher engines to assist trains in making the steep ascent were based there, and are still in use today.

The town's economy declined with the importance of the railroad after United States Highway 41A was built in the 1940's. The old passenger depot was restored as a museum, and is a focal point of the downtown area.

External Links:

Cowan Railroad Museum

Cowan Tourism

Cowan at Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

University of the South

NC&StL Preservation Society

Source: Internet