Museum Moments to feature history of building Ripley Railroad

Building the Ripley Railroad through Tippah, Union, Pontotoc and Chickasaw Counties in the late 1880s and early 1890s brought excitement, prosperity and was filled with close calls, funding shortages, the race to New Albany, death of workers and triumph for Col. William C. Falkner who masterminded this large project.

Museum Moments on July 17 at the Union County Heritage Museum will feature historian Jack Elliott talking about his latest research into the historic moments and shenanigans of building of The Ripley Railroad. The event is free and open to the public and a light lunch will be served beginning at 11:30, courtesy of Renasant Bank.

This photo shows the workmen and equipment used during the building of the railroad near New Albany.

Building the Railroad Falkner line from Cavett copy