DALTON, GA. (AP) - Officials in the Dalton area are hoping to display some historic railroad rails to boost tourism, but 1 of them is missing and authorities suspect that someone took it to sell as scrap iron.

The Daily Citizen reports that three historic railroad rails have been in Swamp Creek south of Dalton for the past 150 years.

Whitfield County Commission Chairman William Blackman said the rails are from the original Western & Atlantic Railroad, and could have been part of it during the Great Locomotive Chase during the American Civil War. That occurred in 1862, when Union spies stole the locomotive The General. They were chased by other locomotives as they drove north from the Kennesaw area.

The missing rail is estimated to weigh about 200 to 300 pounds.

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