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This profile was last updated on 1/16/08  and contains information from public web pages.

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The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company
7747 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, Tennessee 37882
United States

Company Description: The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company is a non-profit corporation founded in 1982 to preserve the heritage of the the Little River Lumber Company and the...   more
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Seniors Go Travel
www.seniorsgotravel.com, 16 Jan 2008 [cached]
The town is named for W.B. Townsend, who came from Pennsylvania to start the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company in 1901. Over the next four decades, the company harvested more than 560 million board feet of 57 varieties of hardwood (including cherry, chestnut, maple and poplar) from 100,000 acres that now lie within the national park's boundaries.
The place to learn about this part of Townsend's past is the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum. It is situated at the site of the old sawmill complex on the main road, Lamar Alexander Parkway, which follows track bed that ran from the community of Walland, northwest of town, to Elkmont, inside the national park.
One of the museum's primary structures is the Walland depot, relocated to Townsend from its original setting.
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Today, visitors entering the park from Townsend can pick up an informative auto tour guide to the Tremont logging camp area and, using its map, find indentations from side tracks where rail equipment was maintained and remains of the water-powered generator.
Townsend also is the gateway to Cades Cove, one of the homestead sites preserved within the park.
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Not all the natural beauty around Townsend is above ground, though.
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Townsend meanders along both sides of Lamar Alexander Parkway and into the surrounding hills.
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