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The Little River Museum is a 501(3)c non-profit corporation. All Donations are tax-deductible. We are supported by these donations, by dues, and by sales from our gift shop. We invite you to join us to help continue the preservation efforts. Donations can be any amount, small or large, that you desire.

Online Donations

   You can make your donation in any amount through our online Gift Shop.  In the Quantity field enter the amount you wish to donate.  Thank you for your support.  DONATE HERE



Mail In Donations

Send your check to:

Little River Railroad & Lumber Company

PO Box 211

Townsend, TN  37882




Historical Importance of the Little River Railroad:

The First 2-4-4-2 Articulated    

Working with the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, the Little River created the first 2-4-4-2 articulated steam locomotive, which came to be known as the "Little River" type. 




The Smallest Pacific 4-6-2

Number 110 was the smallest standard guage Pacific (4-6-2) ever built in  North America. It is still running in Coldwater, Michigan.   Little River Railroad.




A Swinging Bridge on a Railroad

At Meigs Creek in the East Prong Gorge, there simply wasn't a way to engineer regular track up the drainage, so a unique approach was used. Rails were laid up the creek, log cars were loaded and eased down a swinging bridge by a steam skidder, and across the river to Hood siding. 




Pioneer of Steam Logging Equipment

The Little River pioneered modern steam powered skidders in the rugged mountains, without which the timber could not have been harvested. 




Founding a National Park

The Little River Lumber Company made its most enduring contribution to America's future by making available its extensive holdings to create the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is visited by far more people than any other park.



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