|Railroad near Allatoona Pass|
The story first surfaced in 1872, when Georgia newspapers wrote of a mysterious "rider" on trains making their way between Allatoona Pass (near Cartersville) and the crossing at Tilton (near Dalton). Employees on the Western & Atlantic (W&A) Railroad would look back along the tops of the trains and see a strange man sitting up there:
|Deep Cut in the 19th Century|
The spectre was often spotted as the train made its way through the "Deep Cut" at Allatoona Pass. Other times he would disappear when then trains reached that point. This prompted some speculation that he was the ghost of a soldier killed there during the Civil War.
|The Deep Cut Today|
The connection between the ghost and Allatoona Pass prompted much speculation that he might have been killed there during the battle.
So common did his appearance on the trains become for a time, that a bold engineer decided to get to the bottom of the mystery. To read what happened in his 19th century "Ghostbusting" effort, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/allatoonaghost.
You can read more about the Battle of Allatoona Pass at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/allatoonapass.