Now and Then ...
by Ben Harris McClary
Another missed opportunity strictly on my part has to do with the Tennessee Valley Railroad, certainly—as the sarcastic line goes—“one of Chattanooga’s best kept secrets,” which expanded its good work into McMinn and Polk Counties in the fall. I regret that I did not make a point of writing about it. I have a lifetime membership in the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Inc., and in the 1990s did a great deal of volunteer work there. All of its projects are worthy of support, but the venture into the rail history of Polk County is especially exciting to me, but I wrote nothing about it.
Finally, I have missed too many opportunities to proclaim the PCHGS’s QUARTERLY one of the best things to ever come out of Polk County. The unerring quality of its editorship, its fresh content, and its remarkably complete coverage of the county and its people leave me speechless in awe with the arrival of each new quarterly issue. This is history at its best.
I am sure there have been many other “missed opportunities” for this column. I wish you, the reader, would help me with your ideas and memories. I will be revising my 1996 “Never Far Away” series for most of the year, but I expect to drop in fresh material when it presents itself.
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