Big Shanty

Big Shanty (HMK1W)

Location: Kennesaw, GA 30144 Cobb County
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N 34° 1.414', W 84° 36.901'

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In 1838 - 41, a construction camp of laborers, grading & building the State R.R., was located at the spring approximately 250 yds. W. of here, where temporary structures (shanties) housed the workmen.

Track level here, being some 345 ft. above the level at Cartersville, 19 mi. N., the grade was 18 ft. per mi. at the time of construction. In railroad parlance, this was known as "the big grade to the shanties" - later shortened to "big shanty grade", finally to "Big Shanty", which was changed to Kennesaw about 1870. In June, 1864, Federal forces on the Kennesaw Mtn. front, drew supplies at this point.
HM NumberHMK1W
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number033-40
Year Placed1954
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 10:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 720211 N 3767334
Decimal Degrees34.02356667, -84.61501667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 1.414', W 84° 36.901'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 1' 24.84" N, 84° 36' 54.06" W
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Area Code(s)678, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2801-2815 Cherokee St NW, Kennesaw GA 30144, US
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