Historic Markers Across Tennessee

First Steam Locomotive

Marker ID: NHC 41
Location: On 4th Ave. (US 31) north of Hart St., Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 08.562    W 086° 45.914
  36.1427    -86.76523333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM89J


On Dec. 13, 1850, the first steam engine, Tennessee No. 1, ordered by the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad arrived at the wharf on the steamboat Beauty, from Cincinnati. The one mile trip on improvised track from the wharf to the S. Cherry St. crossing required 4 days by mule power. A one mile run was made from this point on Dec. 27, 1850.


Erected: 1971