Cowan is a city located in Franklin County, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,770.
Cowan 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. As it was the last stop before the uphill climb onto the nearby Cumberland Plateau, booster engines to assist trains in making the steep ascent were based there.
The old passenger depot has been restored as a museum and is a focal point of the downtown area today.
Web Sites and Links
Franklin-Pearson House and Cumberland BallroomNine-room bed and breakfast inn built from a restored railroad hotel. Photos and rate information.
Visit CowanOfficial city site, providing comprehensive information about the community, including attractions, special events, history, business and church directories, city services, schools, library, and other topics.
Welcome to CowanA short profile of the town, which is the county seat of Franklin County.