Place:Cowan, Franklin, Tennessee, United States


Alt namesHawkinssource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS47017314
Coordinates35.167°N 86.012°W
Located inFranklin, Tennessee, United States
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Cowan is a city in Franklin County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,737 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Tullahoma, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area.


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Cowan was originally founded in 1808 but remained a minor settlement for several years.

Cowan's establishment as a place dates from the mid-19th century and developed mostly as a railroad town. It was the site where several branch lines met the main Nashville to Chattanooga trunk of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway. As the last stop before the uphill climb onto the nearby Cumberland Plateau, pusher engines to assist trains in making the steep ascent were based there, and are still in use today.

The town's economy declined with the importance of the railroad after United States Highway 41A was built in the 1940s. The old passenger depot was restored as a museum, and is a focal point of the downtown area.

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