Founded in 1854 Grand Junction got its name from the "Grand Junction" of the Memphis and the Charleston Mississippi Railroad Lines. These are the major North/South and East/West lines running thru Grand Junction. Grand Junction and its railroads were a much sought after prize during the Civil War; whomever controlled the railroads controlled the rest of West Tennessee. During the Civil War the Union Army held the city from the Confederate Army for approximately 3 years.

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