Last week the Bellevue History and Genealogical Group hosted guest speaker Terry L. Coats, President of the NC&St.L Preservation Society. President Coats spoke to the group on the early development of railroading in Tennessee with an emphasis on the development and history of the Nashville & Northwestern Railroad. Prior to the Civil War The Nashville and Northwestern Railroad provided service to Bellevue and the surrounding area.
In 1873 the NC&St.L Railways purchased the N&NW Railroad. Through the years this historic rail line has passed through the hands of the NC&St.L, the L&N, Family Lines and today is part of the CSX Railroad. This line, in service since 1859 is the main line between Nashville and Memphis, and is the gateway through that city to the West Coast.
The Bellevue History and Genealogy Group, led by Bob Allen meets weekly on Fridays at the Bellevue YMCA. As the groups leader, Allen assists seniors with genealogy research and secures speakers for historical lectures, he also coordinates and leads historical oriented field trips. For more information on the Bellevue History and Genealogy Group call the Bellevue YMCA of Middle Tennessee at 615 646-9622.