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Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Georgia Railroad Freight Depot
 
Georgia Railroad Freight Depot - Exterior Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, August 24, 2007
1. Georgia Railroad Freight Depot - Exterior Marker
 
Inscription. (Exterior sign): Downtown Atlanta’s oldest standing building. It was completed in April 1869 by Thomas Alexander, contractor and designed by Corput and Bass, architects.

A 1935 fire destroyed the upper floors and cupola. The building served its original purpose for nearly a century. Upon completion of the structure in 1869, the local press said, in part: “The new Georgia Railroad Depot is recognized at a glance as an ornament and benefit to the city and reflects credit on the spirit and live character of the President and Directors of the Georgia Railroad.”

(Interior sign):
Georgia Railroad Depot
This is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Atlanta. It was completed on April 22, 1869, and served as the main freight depot for the Georgia Railroad. Corput and Bass, architects, Thomas Alexander, contractors, B.H. Broomhead, carpenter, and Hayden and Healy, masons, were responsible for the construction at a cost of $35,000.00.

The end of the building once held offices and was three stories high with a balcony on the second floor and a cupola on the hipped roof. Much of the building burned in January, 1935 and it was subsequently rebuilt in its present form. The Georgia Building Authority bought the building in 1981 and renovated it for public use.

The Georgia
 
Georgia Railroad Freight Depot - Interior Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, August 24, 2007
2. Georgia Railroad Freight Depot - Interior Marker
Is the marker indoors? Indoor markers do not qualify, unless they were outdoors when they were first erected and moved indoors later.
 
Railroad, chartered in 1833, was completed in September, 1845 at a cost of $3,369,856.42 from Augusta to a small village first named "Terminus" then "Marthasville". The Georgia Railroad connected with the Western and Atlantic Railroad that linked Marthasville and Chattanooga. The little village became an important rail center and J. Edgar Thompson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad, shortly thereafter suggested renaming Marthasville "Atlanta."
 
Erected 1985 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 060-171.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 45.101′ N, 84° 23.325′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Central Ave SW and Alabama Street SW. Click for map. The Old Georgia Railroad Freight Depot is located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, between Courtland Street and Central Avenue. It is under a mural of whales and near Underground Atlanta. The marker in picture 2 is located inside the restored railroad depot doors. Marker is at or near this postal address: One Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta GA 30303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
 
Georgia Railroad Freight Depot and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, August 24, 2007
3. Georgia Railroad Freight Depot and Marker
 
. The Burning and Destruction of Atlanta (within shouting distance of this marker); The Eternal Flame Of The Confederacy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Immaculate Conception Church (about 500 feet away); Historic Ground (about 700 feet away); Fulton County (about 800 feet away); The March to the Sea (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Winecoff Fire (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thrasherville (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
More about this marker. At the bottom of the sign is a caption for a now missing picture. The picture was a, "view of the building from July 1898," when the building was, "then nearly three decades old."
 
Also see . . .  History of the Georgia Railroad. (Submitted on December 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
The "Etched Glass" Doors Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, August 24, 2007
4. The "Etched Glass" Doors
 
 
Side Freight Door Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, August 24, 2007
5. Side Freight Door
 
 
Loading Dock Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, August 24, 2007
6. Loading Dock
 
 
At the Entrance to "Hotlanta's Underground" Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, August 24, 2007
7. At the Entrance to "Hotlanta's Underground"
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,833 times since then. Last updated on February 26, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 18, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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