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Among various other duties required of the Chief Engineer and his assistants, it is is provided in the law, that, “They shall first survey a route for a rail road, from the most eligible point on the Mississippi river, as near the centre of the State as practicable, to run through the centre of the State, as near «s practicable to the Tennessee river, and from thence for a McAdamized turnpike and rail road, the most eligible route near the centre of the State, to terminate on the Virginia line. Said examinations and surveys shall be made by the engineers that may be employed as aforesaid, for the State, and they shall examine said route for said roads, and make an estimate of the cost of constructing the same, or each of them, on or before the first day of November, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven.”
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West Tenneesse, Randolph Route, Rail road, turnpike
Tennessee Chief Engineer, "Report of the Chief Engineer of the State of Tennessee, on the Surveys and Examinations for the Central Rail Road, and for the Central Turnpike: Under an Act of Assembly, Passed October 25th, 1836" (2020). Engineering Sciences. 16.