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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Boiler Room

 
 
Boiler Room Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
1. Boiler Room Marker
Inscription. The Boiler Room supplied power for the entire complex. The ornate design of this building symbolizes the importance of its function to the site.

The Boiler Room was the heart of the site, pumping steam power and heat throughout the complex. Workers fed the boiler fire with either wood chips from the Carpentersí Shop or coal. The resulting steam powered the steam engine by turning a flywheel, which turned a line shaft. The rotating line shaft ran into the Blacksmith Shop, the Machine Shop, and other buildings. The shaft was connected by belts and its rotation powered saws, drills, and other machines. Electricity replaced the shops steam power in the early 1900s, however, steam from the Boiler Room continued to heat the buildings on the site.

“The boiler is of locomotive pattern, and provided with steam and mercurial gauges, and all usual fixtures.” — Daily Morning News, Savannah, July 17, 1855

* Brick details & plaster walls made this the most ornate building on site
* 1850s insulation of original stationary steam engine made by A. N. Miller, a Savannah firm
* 1865 Spark ignited roof and burned interior plaster
* 1950 Front wall removed, possibly to scrap the steam engine, wall rebuilt in the 1970s
 
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Boiler Room Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
2. Boiler Room Marker
4.5′ N, 81° 6.133′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Louisville Road 0.2 miles east of West Boundary Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 655 Louisville Road, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Planing Shed & Lumber Shed (here, next to this marker); Central Of Georgia Railroad (here, next to this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Smokestack (within shouting distance of this marker); Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Drop Table (within shouting distance of this marker); Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine Shop (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  Georgia State Railroad Museum. Coastal Heritage Society (Submitted on November 19, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The Boiler image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, March 11, 2014
3. The Boiler
The steam engine image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, March 11, 2014
4. The steam engine
The steam engine image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, March 11, 2014
5. The steam engine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 281 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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